Microsoft reports variant of banking malware that targets German-speaking users
Microsoft says German speakers are being targeted by a new variant of a powerful type of malware that steals online banking credentials.
The malware, called Emotet, was spotted around last June by security vendors. It is notable for its ability to sniff out credentials sent over encrypted HTTPS connections by tapping into eight network APIs, according to a writeup from Trend Micro from last year.
Microsoft has been observing a new variant, Trojan:Win32/Emotet.C, which was sent out as part of a spam campaign that peaked in November targeting mostly German-speaking users, wrote HeungSoo Kang of Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center.