You have to hand it to hackers. They’re always coming up with new ways to slip some malware passed unsuspecting email recipients.
It’s not uncommon today for prospective employees to email their resume to the HR department of the hiring company in an effort to land a job. What is uncommon, or at least it was until recently, was for that resume to contain malware.
Now, according to Bleeping Computer, “A new spam campaign is underway that pretends to be a job application from ‘Eva Richter’ who is sending her photo and resume. This resume, though, is actually an executable masquerading as a PDF file that destroys a victim’s files by installing the Ordinypt Wiper.”
“Ordinypt is a destructive malware commonly targeted at German people that pretends to be ransomware that encrypts your files and then demands victim’s pay a ransom to get their files back. Unfortunately, even if a user pays the ransom, the files have been overwritten with garbage and cannot be decrypted.”
This is just one more example of why companies need to invest in spam filtering and phishing protection software. It’s because hackers are clever and will never stop probing to find a human weakness to exploit. And when they do exploit it, there had better be some backup protection in place.
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