According to Trend Micro security researchers many former Soviet States as well as Russia is being targeted with a series of malare attacks, these attacks have now effected 1,500 computers in countries whichi include Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, as well as Vietnam.
The series of targeted attacks, known as “LURID” has claimed victims including government ministries, diplomatic missions and space agencies as well as private companies and research insitutions. Most of the attacks are aimed at particular geographical locations, others targeted specific individuals.
The attackers used a network of 15 domain names and 10 active IP addresses to maintain persistent control the infected computers. The attackers have used the ‘Lurid Downloader’ – aka ‘Enfal’ malware family. Targets received an email message encouraging them to open an attached file, which contained malicious code in form of software programs such as Adobe Reader and Microsoft Office.
So always follow the practice of NOT opening any attachments that are from a stranger and also scanning the attachments from known personnel before opening.