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Beware of fake corona virus e-mails

Crim­i­nals are cur­rently attempting to exploit the population’s gen­eral anx­iety due to the corona virus. Using fake e-mails, they are trying to spread mal­ware.

The pur­ported sender of the e-mails sent out is the Bun­de­samt für Gesund­heit (BAG, Public Health Office). The Melde- und Analy­ses­telle Infor­ma­tion­ssicherung MELANI is urging the pop­u­la­tion to ignore any such e-mails, never to open any attach­ments and under no cir­cum­stances click on any links. If such annexes are opened or links clicked, this results in the instal­la­tion of mal­ware. In turn, this enables attackers to remotely access com­puters, for instance to cap­ture access data such as pass­words.

Please be careful when han­dling e-mails:

  • Don’t ever open any annexes straight away or click on any links, even if the sender looks familiar. If in doubt, verify the authen­ticity of both e-mail and attach­ments with the pur­ported sender of the e-mail via a sep­a­rate channel (e. g. tele­phone).
  • Should you have opened such an e-mail by mis­take, you should imme­di­ately switch off your com­puter. If pos­sible, rein­stall your PC, or con­tact your spe­cialist retailer to help you with this. Then change all your pass­words as soon as you can.

 

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