The police are warning the public against opening official-looking emails allegedly sent by law enforcement agencies or banks.
These emails contain a password for a zip file. When opened, the computer becomes infected with a trojan called Emotet.
The aim of this malicious software is to extort money from the recipients, under the threat of closing down their companies.
Bern’s cantonal police force was one of the recipients of the fraudulent email, the organisation said in a press release.
Kanton Bern: Kantonspolizei Bern von Malware-Attacke betroffenhttps://t.co/tmt2xrc6wV
— Kantonspolizei Bern (@PoliceBern) January 6, 2021
Anyone who receives such an email must immediately mark it as spam. It is important not to open the zip file attached to the email.
If you have inadvertently opened the attachment, turn off and unplug the computer, completely reinstalling it afterwards.