An Emotet banking trojan phishing campaign was spotted using the name of activist Greta Thunberg as a lure to target individuals concerned with climate change.

The attackers behind the campaign recently sent out fake invitations to a nonexistent "climate crisis" demonstration supposedly led by the young Swedish activist, who was named Time's 2019 Person of the Year.

The emails came with a Word document attachment titled "Support Greta Thunberg.doc." If a user were to open this document and enable its malicious macros, then a PowerShell command would download and execute Emotet, according to recent reports [1, 2] from Proofpoint and BleepingComputer, citing a tweet from ExecuteMalware. Once active, Emotet would run in the background while using victimized machines to distribute spam and download additional malware.

Please register to continue.

Already registered? Log in.

Once you register, you'll receive:

  • News analysis

    The context and insight you need to stay abreast of the most important developments in cybersecurity. CISO and practitioner perspectives; strategy and tactics; solutions and innovation; policy and regulation.

  • Archives

    Unlimited access to nearly 20 years of SC Media industry analysis and news-you-can-use.

  • Daily Newswire

    SC Media’s essential morning briefing for cybersecurity professionals.

  • Learning Express

    One-click access to our extensive program of virtual events, with convenient calendar reminders and ability to earn CISSP credits.