A team of researchers from around the world has scrapped the infrastructure of the Emotet, considered the most dangerous malware in the world, capable of stealing codes and installing malware from afar, the German forensic service announced today.
The operation took place the day before yesterday, Tuesday 26/1, as part of an international campaign involving researchers from the Netherlands, Ukraine, Lithuania, France, Britain, Canada and the United States and coordinated by European law enforcement authorities, according to the same source.
“Emotet”, which can steal codes and install programs that are remotely controlled, including “ransomware” (a.n.: software that threatens to disclose personal data, or stop the user from rehearsing them until a ransom is given), is believed to have been used in many organized attacks, including attempts to penetrate the world’s largest oil company, the Saudi “Aramco”, and manipulate the 2020 US presidential election campaign.
In Germany alone, “Emotet” attacks on individuals and institutions, including a Berlin court, caused at least 14.5m euros in damage, German police said.
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