Cyber Security Advisory: Phishing Threat

Priority

Timely Attention Required

Date

To

Wisconsin County Clerks
Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
City of Milwaukee Election Commission
Milwaukee County Election Commission

From

Meagan Wolfe, Administrator

The WEC is aware of a phishing campaign being conducted that is using particularly dangerous malware called EMOTET.  The malware is delivered through an email that will often reference a vague invoice number, payment due or completed payment, and may have a signature block from someone you know.  The e-mail will contain an attachment or a link to an attachment.   Opening the attachment then launches EMOTET itself.   EMOTET malware then begins infecting other systems on your network, collecting private information from your computers and sending the information to criminal actors.

EMOTET can be avoided in the usual ways.

1.    Don’t open links or attachments you’re not expecting. 
2.    Check sender email addresses, not just the name.
3.    Confirm suspicious emails with the sender by phone before opening any attachments.
4.    Use an email filtering software.

Routine antivirus software will not eliminate an EMOTET infection.  EMOTET is a very complex, continually changing malware that can be difficult to deal with.  If you believe your network may have been infected by EMOTET, please contact your IT support personnel or the Elections Commission Help Desk.

The Elections Commission Help Desk can be reached at (608) 261-2028 or elections@wi.gov.

Thank you for your continuing efforts to keep Wisconsin elections secure!