Be aware: There’s a new kind of malware computer attack targeting HR professionals.
Ransomware, a form of malware that blocks access to computer files until a ransom is paid, is arriving in HR pros’ inboxes dressed as job applications, according to the research team at Check Point Software Technologies Inc., a provider of IT security products.
Here’s what Check Point says to be on the lookout for.
The ransomware attack usually begins with a brief email from someone posing to be a job applicant that contains two attachments:
If the victim enables macros to run, files on the victim’s computer will then begin to be encrypted. This will render the victim unable to access any of their files unless a ransom of approximately $1,000 is paid to an untraceable recipient online.
So far, the attackers appear to be targeting German-speaking victims, but their focus could shift to English-speaking operations.
So how can HR pros protect themselves, as well as their companies’ data: