We recently learned of a new malware campaign targeting users in Spain, Mexico, Uruguay, Brazil, and Panama. However, it is spreading rapidly and will soon reach English-speaking countries and other parts of the world. This campaign, known as “Horabot,” aims to take control of your Gmail and Outlook accounts. Its primary objectives are intercepting two-factor authentication banking passwords and infecting your contacts’ devices by sending them the same malware. In addition, the hackers will have full access to your sent and received emails, enabling them to exploit your information and potentially make extortion demands.
How is the malware spreading?
Currently, the malware is being distributed through phishing links sent via email. These emails claim to be from your local tax office, urging you to click the link to collect an outstanding payment. Clicking on the link will automatically infect your device with the malware. These fraudulent web pages are designed to look convincing and have already deceived tens of thousands of people worldwide.
How can you stay safe?
Follow these precautions:
- Treat unsolicited emails from your local tax office with caution and suspicion.
- Only click on links if you are absolutely certain they are legitimate.
- Use the incognito website checker to verify the safety of a link before clicking on it. We maintain an up-to-date database of unsafe web pages, allowing us to identify scams quickly. You can access this functionality directly within the incognito app. If you haven’t installed it yet, we can provide installation links below or to the side of this message.
- Spread the word and inform as many people as possible. These campaigns exploit people’s vulnerabilities when it comes to technology. Help others avoid the devastating consequences of this malware wreaking havoc on their computers.
Remember, our privacy care team is available 24/7 to address any questions or provide advice on any matter.