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New Malware Looking For Bank Information / IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Please be cautious of all emails you open, including ones from sources you trust. A malware designed to steal sensitive and private information, called Emotet, is primarily spread through emails. An Emotet infection may arrive either by a malicious script, macro-enabled document files, or a malicious link. Emotet emails may contain familiar branding designed to look like a legitimate email. Emotet may try to persuade users to click the malicious files by using tempting language about “Your Invoice,” “Payment Details,” or possibly an upcoming shipment from well-known parcel companies.
Emotet, which started as a banking Trojan in 2014 and has continually evolved to become a full-service threat-delivery mechanism, can install a collection of malware on infected systems, including information stealers, email harvesters, and ransomeware.
Emotet can also spread over Wi-Fi networks once it infects your computer, using your wireless network to infect other computers on the same network, and then using those computers to compromise other Wi-Fi networks that an infected computer makes a connection to.
How to Protect yourself:
1. Keep your computers up-to-date with the latest patches and antivirus/antimalware software.
2. Don’t download suspicious attachments or click a shady-looking links.
3. Create strong passwords and use multi-factor authentication if possible.
4. Make sure the administration portals of your wireless access points are secured with strong passwords.
5. Do not store passwords in files, contact info, or in email messages. If you must document your passwords, use a single-sign-on service if possible, or use a password locker service such as KeePass or LastPass.
To: Chief Executive Officer (also of interest to Security Officer)
Subject: Consumer Alert
Summary: E-mails fraudulently claiming to be from the FDIC are attempting to get recipients to click on a link, which may ask them to provide sensitive personal information. These e-mails falsely indicate that FDIC deposit insurance is suspended until the requested customer information is provided.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has received numerous reports from consumers who received an e-mail that has the appearance of being sent from the FDIC. The e-mail informs the recipient that "in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, federal, state and local governments…" the FDIC has withdrawn deposit insurance from the recipient's account "due to account activity that violates the Patriot Act." It further states deposit insurance will remain suspended until identity and account information can be verified using a system called "IDVerify." If consumers go to the link provided in the e-mail, it is suspected they will be asked for personal or confidential information, or malicious software may be loaded onto the recipient's computer.
This e-mail is fraudulent. It was not sent by the FDIC. It is an attempt to obtain personal information from consumers. Financial institutions and consumers should NOT access the link provided within the body of the e-mail and should NOT under any circumstances provide any personal information through this media.
The FDIC is attempting to identify the source of the e-mails and disrupt the transmission. Until this is achieved, consumers are asked to report any similar attempts to obtain this information to the FDIC by sending information to email@example.com.
For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit the FDIC's website.
Sandra L. Thompson
Director - Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Note: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Paper copies of FDIC Special Alerts may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200
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Security State Bank & Trust: Notice of changes in temporary FDIC insurance coverage for transaction accounts: By operations of federal law, beginning January 1, 2013, funds deposited in a non-interest bearing transaction account (Including an Interest on Lawyer Trust Account) no longer will receive unlimited deposit insurance coverage by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Beginning, January 1, 2013, all of a depositor's accounts at an insured depository institution, including all non-interest-bearing transaction accounts, will be insured by the FDIC up to the standard maximum deposit insurance amount ($250,000.00), for each deposit insurance ownership category. For more information visit www.fdic.gov.