Beware emails purporting to notify Microsoft customers about fake pending charges on their credit cards this Christmas – as they are riddled with Cerber ransomware. The phishing email, which is full of inconsistencies and anomalies, urges users to follow the instructions in the attached Word document and to enable macros. The best way to avoid an expensive ransom payment is to delete it unopened.
Security firm Check Point estimates that Cerber ransomware has more than 160 campaigns running around the world, which have raked in about $2.3m so far. Christmas is a particularly popular time of year for this kind of scam.