Warning: Masaryk University users targeted by malware

In recent days, Masaryk University's cybersecurity team has seen a new sample of malware targeted at Masaryk University users. 

5 Jun 2020

What’s the threat about?

The Cybersecurity Team of Masaryk University would like to inform you about an increased risk of being targeted by phishing e-mails. These e-mails contain a suspicious link to download an unknown file. Note that the presence of the download link in the e-mail is not explained in any way. By downloading this file, the user infects the device with very sophisticated malware. 

Attackers proceed as follows: gain access to the e-mail address - find a trusted conversation in the inbox - send e-mails with a link to download an unknown file that contains malware. You can see an example in the red box in the picture below.

This current threat is a textbook case of what the average user encounters with a certain regularity. We, therefore, recommend the following digital habits: 

  • Don't click on links in e-mail messages. 
  • Never download files from unexpected e-mail attachments. 
  • Focus on just one activity at a time. 
  • Verify that the sender's name matches the e-mail address. 
  • If you receive a suspicious e-mail, please report it to the CSIRT-MU team.

In conclusion

In connection with the current situation, we would like to point out Cybercompass, our course about the fundamentals of information security  for users. Especially its online lesson on Self-defense. 

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