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Emotet computer virus spreading in Japan, Suga warns

JIJI

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Thursday that infections involving the Emotet computer virus are spreading in Japan.

The government has warned administrative bodies and companies involved with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics of the danger posed by the virus, Suga told a news conference.

“We’ll raise public awareness as necessary to prevent it from spreading while continuing efforts to grasp a clear picture of the situation,” he added.

Emotet is attached to spoof emails purporting to be from people or organizations. Email text, passwords and other information are stolen as a result of the virus.

Based on the stolen information, new fake emails are sent out. Many Emotet infections have been reported in Western countries.