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The oldest cyber trick in the world, again

Cyber-gangsters strike again. Here it is in a nutshell. Do not open email attachments if you don’t know the sender. That’s it. It’s really simple.

The latest attack tricked employees of multiple government contractors into thinking the grass is greener on the other side. Here are the highlights from CNBC’s coverage of the campaign:

  • The infiltration campaign — called “Operation Sharpshooter” — targeted defense and government organizations, McAfee says.
  • Cybercriminals sent messages to individuals at 87 companies disguised as recruitment campaigns to get them to open a malicious document, the cybersecurity firm says.
  • That in turn spawned another malicious program that gave hackers the ability to extract intelligence and send it on to a control server, according to McAfee.

Be smart on the internet, whether at home or at the office. Use a little commonsense and the world will be a better place.

Full article: Hackers hit global government and defense firms with cyberspying campaign, McAfee says

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