Attacks Disguise Malware as Student Assignments

THE Journal: Researchers have identified a new security risk that takes advantage of remote learning to launch a ransomware attack from a teacher’s computer. The attack attempts to trick teachers into opening fake student assignments, which, when opened, can download, install and activate the malware.

The attack, from a person or group calling themselves “employer21,” emails a fake assignment to a teacher. The assignment, according to researchers at Proofpoint, contains macros that, when activated, will download and run software that encrypts files on the victim’s computer. A notice then opens up demanding $80 in bitcoin.

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