If you are not familiar with what a spambot is, they are programs designed to collect e-mail addresses from the Internet in order to build mailing lists for sending unsolicited e-mail. The recipient of the spammed email has no idea the email is not coming from the actual sender. The recently discovered spambot is said to be the largest to date, ensnaring over 711 email accounts.
Those credentials authenticate the spammer in order to send what appears to be a legitimate email. The spammer was able to get past normal spam filters due to having the all correct credentials. It has resulted in more than 100,000 unique infections across the world.
How to Tell If You Have Been Breached By a Spambot & What to Do:
Although spamming is still an effective malware delivery method, email filters are getting smarter and many domains found to have sent spam have been blacklisted. It is still recommended to randomly check to see if your email has been compromised. A helpful tool to do this is haveibeenpwned.com. All you have to do is put your email in to see if your information has been compromised in a data breach. It will tell you if you have and if so, how many times and what breach you were pwned in.
If you were unlucky enough to have been breached, we recommend you immediately change your password. Also, enable two-factor authentication, if possible. This provides an additional layer of security and makes it harder for attackers to gain access to your devices and online accounts.
This can all be overwhelming, especially as a business owner. You want to all you can to protect your information. The professionals at ASK can help. Our security operations center can detect security vulnerabilities and breaches and provides extensive cybersecurity. Learn more here.
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