Emotet botnet starts blasting malware again after 5 month break

The Emotet malware operation is again spamming malicious emails after almost a five-month “vacation” that saw little activity from the notorious cybercrime operation.

Emotet is a malware infection distributed through phishing campaigns containing malicious Excel or Word documents. When users open these documents and enable macros, the Emotet DLL will be downloaded and loaded into memory.

Once loaded, the malware will search for and steal emails to use in future spam campaigns and drop additional payloads such as Cobalt Strike or other malware that commonly leads to ransomware attacks.

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Source: Bleeping Computer