Internet and email users not to open suspicious e-mails

More than 15 incidents had been reported by the Computer Emergency Readiness Team/Co-ordination Centre (CERT|CC) regarding the receipt of malware-related applications as an e-mail attachment under the guise of Microsoft Office-related documents, CERT|CC Information Security Engineer Ravindu Meegasmulla said.

He said that internet users caught out by email scams continue to increase.

Mr. Meegasmulla said Microsoft Office files, especially Word documents (DOC, DOCX), Excel spreadsheets (XLS, XLSX, XLSM), presentations and templates, are also popular with cyber criminals. These files can contain embedded macros (small programmes that run inside the file). Cyber criminals use macros as scripts for downloading malware, he said.

Therefore, Mr. Meegasmulla requests internet and email users not to open suspicious e-mails from unknown addresses or DOCX/PDF file to the spam folder should be cleared.

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