What is the threat?
How do you get the virus?
Attached to the spoofed email is a word document that when opened, deploys the infamous cryptolocker virus in a scheme known as ransomware. Unfortunately, this virus will infect everything that it can reach and doesn’t care whom the intended recipient was. The virus will make all of your data unavailable to you by encrypting every file on your computer (and possibly your network). The perpetrator will then threaten to permanently destroy all of your files including pictures, documents, databases, and more — unless you pay the ransom.
Amazon has a long history of cyber criminals exploiting the mega online retail store. With more than 244 million customers spending over $100 billion a year, Amazon users make an easy target for ransom ware attacks. When a cyber criminal blasts out a malicious email to thousands of email addresses in the US, the odds are favorable that several existing Amazon customers will receive the email. If you are a frequent Amazon customer, you should be especially cautious and more diligent than ever before in learning how to recognize, avoid, and defend yourself against the cyber-attacks.
How Can I Protect Myself?
- Don’t open unexpected attachments, call the sender to verify its authenticity prior to opening.
- If you cannot confirm the authenticity of an email or attachment, delete the email immediately.
- Consider investing in an email filtering and spam protection such as Reflexion. This will keep the majority of infected emails from even reaching your inbox in the first place.
- As a safeguard, always have a secure backup solution in place. In the event that you do become infected with malware, you will be able to quickly recover and restore all of your files.