A new and common attempt to get users
to download and install a virus has been going around lately. The hackers
send an email that looks like it comes from Microsoft Office 365.
It is a request for you to “review” a
contract or other work related documents. You then click on the link in
the email and it downloads a virus that is so malicious even anti-virus
software cannot stop it.
It also allows them to capture your
email credentials and send out viruses to others in your contact list from your
email address. In both cases victims have had to backup their data and
completely reset their computer to factory defaults. Causing significant
loss of time and money.
Below is an image of such a “trick” email. If you receive anything
similar please do not open it. Reach out to the person who sent it via
telephone and make sure they truly intended to send you the document. If
they have been infected their email may already be compromised and so
responding to them via that medium is not sufficient.
Remember, the best defense you have against Malware is
your own diligence. If you’re ever unsure if something is safe, don’t