Malware in E-Mails

E-mails are still the most common vector for spreading malware. Time and again, cybercriminals use e-mails that trick the addressee into opening the attachment or click on a link. Their aim is to install malware on the computer.

In the event that a user has already opened the attached file or link in a suspicious e-mail, MELANI recommends to identify and remove a possible malware. If this is not possible with the available tools, MELANI recommends to consult an IT specialist to remove the malware from the computer. If unexplainable interruptions in the e-banking session are observed, the affected clients should immediately contact their bank's e-banking hotline. 

Effects and risks

  • Distribution of Malware
  • Data destruction on the Computer
  • Abuse of an infected computer for spamming
  • Theft of personal data and files
  • E-banking fraud

The main rules of conduct for dealing with e-mails help to protect you from machinations of this kind:

  • Be wary of any unsolicited e-mails you receive. Particularly trustworthy companies are often used as false sender addresses.

  • Be careful if you receive e-mails that require action on your part and that carry a threat of consequences (loss of money, criminal charges, blocking of account or card, missed chance, misfortune) if the action is not performed.

  • Do not open any attachments or click on any links in suspicious e-mails.

Specialist staff
Last modification 28.10.2016

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