Scammers Bypassing Your Email Security Through Google Translator

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Marcelo Orlandi
Scammers Bypassing Your Email Security Through Google Translator

Probably by now you have heard or received sextortion emails from scammers asking you to pay for a ransom in order not to release some sensitive information.

Fortunately for us, spam engines are able to stop most of them. As you know, the bad guys are always adapting and evolving. As a result, they came up with a new idea: to send these email in another language and tell you how to translate it. Cleaver isn’t it?

You may ask, how does it work?

Well, the first line in the email is “Use Google Translator” and the rest in another language, such as Russian. When you use Google Translator, to translate the content of the email, you will find out that it is the same sextortion email as before. However, spam engines does not catch them as your native language is likely English.

As you can see, the bad guys are using new evasive tactics to reach your inbox all the time.

Remember, the attacker in this scenario did not actually hack your computer, this is only a tactic to trick you into paying them some money in the form of bitcoin.

What can you do? Firstly, mark them as spam on our system, and eventually it will learn about this new technique and future emails will be hopefully stopped.

And as always, be safe out there until the next Malware Monday.