Be Aware: Rising Infections of Dridex Malware

Infections of one of the most dangerous pieces of financial malware, Dridex, have been on the rise since 2015. While there haven’t been any instances of Dridex infections with HCU members, it is always a good idea to know what to look for when it comes to protecting your financial information.

The banking credential-stealing malware Dridex arrives via a phishing email message. Dridex uses macros -- a series of commands and instructions that you group together as a single command to accomplish a task automatically -- in a Microsoft Word or Excel file to install malware on a system with the intent of stealing online banking credentials or other financial information.

Dridex is delivered to your inbox with an attachment. When the attachment is clicked, a dialogue box or warning may appear alerting the user that the attachment may be malicious or that macros need to be enabled. If any links are clicked, a series of actions occur that ultimately result in an infected system.

Always exercise caution, keep security software updated, keep your operating system updated, delete suspicious messages and be wary of any odd email attachments.

HCU will never ask you for personal information via email.

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