Warning over bogus Endesa bill emails containing virus

Virus blocks computer by encrypting files and demands payment to 'release' it

0
758
The email message showing an expensive bill entices users to click on the virus-containing link

COMPUTER users are being warned of a serious virus being sent in bogus emails appearing to be from electricity company Endesa. If the files linked to the email are downloaded by the recipient, the virus – a type of ransomware known as a ‘Locky’ cryptlocker – can block the computer by encrypting its files, and then demand a payment from the user in order to ‘release’ the computer.

Spain’s National Cyber-security Institute (INCIBE), which has categorised the scam as Level 5-Critical, explained that the email appears to be a bill from Endesa showing an abnormally high amount due, in order to trick the recipient into clicking on a button labelled ‘Consult your bill and consumption’ (‘Consulta tu factura y consumo’).

Read more in this week’s print edition or go to e-paper

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.