How to identify malicious e-mails

What a malicious e-mail can do to you

If a malicious attacker would have sent that e-mail, and you would have clicked on any embedded link or opened the attachment, 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!

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