The people behind those classic Nigerian email scams are at it again. This time around, they're targeting businesses instead of rich individuals.
The attackers start by sending out emails with infected attachments. If the recipient opens up the attachment, their computer is infected by multiple viruses. So far, the attacks have been isolated to businesses in Taiwan and South Korea. The security specialists at Palo Alto Networks have been tracking the attacks for the past three months.
Once clicked, victims inadvertently download malicious tools onto their devices; one, NetWire, is capable of remotely taking over a Windows, Mac OS or Linux system, and another, DataScrambler, makes sure the NetWire program is undetectable by antivirus products.
With these programs, they can track the keystrokes you make on your keyboard to steal information like bank account numbers. "Keyloggers" are extremely dangerous programs that can result in the loss of your sensitive information. Click this link to learn how to protect yourself.
The cyber criminals didn't make the software themselves. Instead, they bought their tools from other hackers.
These criminals aren't even hiding what they're doing. Palo Alto Networks tracked their computers because they didn't hide their IP addresses. Researchers even found Facebook pages bragging about the scams and showing off wads of money.
Remember, never download attachments from senders you don't know. That's the single easiest way for a hacker to get their hands on your information.