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Week 3: Targeted phishing, targeted CEO fraud and NASA giveaway

25.01.2022 - The number of reports received by the NCSC remained high last week. Fake extortion emails supposedly in the name of prosecution authorities dominated again, accounting for almost 35% of the reports. In addition, the NCSC received reports of phishing emails which at first glance appeared to have been sent in a very targeted manner. CEO fraud is increasingly personalised and a giveaway promotion purportedly from NASA promised that amounts paid in would be instantly doubled.

Emails with malicious Office documents on the rise again

20.01.2022 - The use of emails with malicious Microsoft Office documents to spread malware is on the rise again. Once a computer has been infected, fraudsters have undetected access to the entire network. Help fight such cyberattacks and report suspicious emails to the NCSC at

Week 2: Ransomware and phishing websites in the online gaming scene

18.01.2022 - With 881 reports, the NCSC recorded the highest number of reports in its history in the second week of 2022. The main reason was fake extortion emails in the name of prosecution authorities, which accounted for almost 40% of the reports. In addition, ransomware attacks continue to be a hot topic and an interesting case led the NCSC to the online gaming scene, where account data is being stolen via a phishing website.

Initiation of consultation on introduction of cyberattack reporting obligation

12.01.2022 - The Federal Council today initiated the consultation on the proposed introduction of a reporting obligation for cyberattacks on critical infrastructures. The proposal creates the legal basis for the reporting obligation and defines the tasks of the National Cybersecurity Centre (NCSC), which is intended to be the central reporting office for cyberattacks. The consultation will last until 14 April 2022.

Week 1: Bogus hospital website and proposal of hacking services

11.01.2022 - The NCSC kicked off the first week of 2022 with an increased number of reports. Many cases of fake extortion in the name of police organisations again appeared among the reports. A bogus website for an actual hospital also attracted attention, and hackers offered their services via spam emails.

Cybermyth: With antivirus protection, I do not need to worry about anything on the internet!

06.01.2022 - Installing antivirus software is important and is part of basic protection, but that alone is not enough to be on the safe side. How you behave online and deal with emails plays just as big a role.

Weekly review 52

04.01.2022 - In the last weekly review of 2021, the NCSC looks back at the 21,000 reports received over the last 12 months. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your reports. They help us to better assess the situation in cyberspace and warn potential new victims more effectively.

Weekly review 51

28.12.2021 - Last week, the NCSC again received a significant number of reports. Some of the most frequent reports to the NCSC this year concerned bogus parcel notifications. Malware was likewise distributed using this method last week. For the first time, the NCSC also received a report about a scam on a carpooling portal.

Weekly review 50

21.12.2021 - Last week, the NCSC again received a significant number of reports. The number of dodgy online shops is on the rise in the run-up to Christmas. In addition, emails that use old email exchanges known to the recipient are once again being sent, with the aim of spreading malware.

Update: Discovery of a new way of exploiting the Log4j critical security vulnerability

17.12.2021 - A new way of exploiting the Log4j security vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary code remotely (remote code execution, or RCE). The security vulnerability is already being actively exploited by cybercriminals. The NCSC urgently recommends applying the security patches as soon as possible.

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