How to identify malicious e-mails

What a malicious e-mail can do to you

Fortunately, this e-mail has been generated in collaboration with students from the University of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam (the Netherlands), and not by an evil attacker. If a malicious attacker would have sent that e-mail, your computer would most likely be infected by now, and:

  • All your passwords would have been stolen: CERN, Facebook, PayPal, Amazon,...
  • All your activities would have been clandestinely monitored: mouse movements & clicks, words typed, screenshots, microphone and webcam recordings,...
  • Confidential documents would have been exfiltrated
  • An attack path into CERN would have been opened (a so-called back-door)

In consequence, you would have had to reinstall your computer from scratch and to change all your passwords! But not this time. Lucky you!

For comments or questions, please contact us at Computer.Security@cern.ch.