THE HAGUE | Authorities in several countries including the Netherlands, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and France have taken control of the “world’s most dangerous” malware, the European police agency said on Wednesday. Europol and the European Judicial Cooperation Unit Eurojust.
According to the two organizations, it is EMOTET, a software which operates on the mode of the “botnet”, a network of pirated computers which made it possible in particular to send malicious emails on a very large scale.
“Law enforcement and judicial authorities around the world have this week put an end to one of the most important botnets of the past decade,” Europol and Eurojust said in a joint statement.
“Investigators have taken control of its infrastructure as part of a coordinated international action”, allowing “its demolition from the inside”, added Europol and Eurojust.
“EMOTET was more than just malware. What made EMOTET so dangerous was that this malware was available for hire for other cybercriminals to install other types of malware like banking Trojans or ransomware on a computer. victim, ”said the two agencies based in The Hague in the Netherlands.
“Through a fully automated process, EMOTET malware was transmitted to victims’ computers using infected email attachments. A variety of decoys have been used to induce unsuspecting Internet users to open these malicious attachments, ”the statement said.
EMOTET is suspected of being one of the main players in cybercrime in the world, according to Europol and Eurojust, believing that “other malware operators like Trickot and Ryuk have benefited from it.
“In the past, EMOTET’s email campaigns have also been presented in the form of invoices, shipping notices and COVID-19 information. All of these emails contained malicious Word documents, either as an attachment or downloadable by clicking on a link. ”