Warning over bogus Endesa bill emails containing virus

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

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’).

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