The malware, Amotet, gained access to users’ computers through infected email attachments, including documents, invoices, shipping notices, and documents providing information about Kovid-19. The European Police Agency Europol said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Amotte Infrastructure has acted as a primary gateway for computer systems globally,” Europol said. “Once this unauthorized access was established, these were sold to other top level criminal groups to deploy other illegal activities such as data theft and extortion.”
Europol urged internet users to take more precautions to update their device’s antivirus tool and avoid falling prey to malware attacks.
“Users should carefully check their emails and avoid opening messages and especially attachments from unknown senders,” it said. “If a message sounds too good to be true, it is likely and there are emails that evoke a sense of urgency and should be avoided at all costs.”