The email includes the UPS logo and colour scheme and at least at first glance, may appear to be a genuine UPS notification. However, the email is not from UPS and clicking the link will not download an invoice as claimed. Instead, clicking the link downloads a.
The description of Hoax
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A virus hoax is typically spread via email chains, social media posts, and other methods, claiming to warn potential victims of a threat, often in an exaggerated tone. The classic example of this is the Teddy Bear virus hoax of EXE , a file that has an icon that looks like a teddy bear. Should users wish to keep this program and exclude it from being detected in future scans, they can add the program to the exclusions list. If you want to allow the program to connect to the Internet, for example to fetch updates, also add an exclusion of the type Allow an application to connect to the internet and use the Browse button to select the file you wish to grant access. Debunking the hacker stereotype: Who are the real monsters? Threat Center. Write for Labs. Cybersecurity basics. Industries Education Finance Healthcare.
An example of the malware email:
This is often a chain message telling recipients to forward the mail to all their contacts. The aim is simply to cause alarm and confusion among users. Most hoaxes are quite sensationalist: aiming to shock the recipient and are often easily spotted by the fact that they often make impossible claims about the effects of the virus, such as causing fires or making computers explode ; or other serious consequences, such as deleting everything the user has on the computer. They sometimes include fake warnings from IT companies or fake news stories, supposedly published by genuine news organizations. These aim to give credibility to the hoax. As with scareware , these warnings tend to use alarmist language, emphasizing the urgent nature of the threat and calling on users to inform others as soon as possible. Hoaxes are usually inoffensive in themselves, and the damage caused is the time wasted by those who don't realize that it is a hoax, and forward the message to contacts.