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The Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee sent out an alert saying their email had been hacked.

BBB CEO Kathleen Calligan spends a bulk of her career educating consumers about internet safety. Thursday afternoon, she discovered her email had been hacked and was sending out emails containing malware.

Calligan said she learned firsthand just how easy it is to be targeted by an online hacker.

“This is a perfect example of how any business or individual can be a victim of scammers who infect your email or hack into email systems,” she said.

Earlier this week, Calligan opened an email from a friend that she was expecting with a Dropbox attachment she needed. She later learned it wasn’t her friend who was sending it, but a scam artist who happened to have impeccable timing.

“This is a clear example of just how risky it is in today’s internet environment, email environment, to open attachments from known or unknown senders,” Calligan said.

Within minutes, Calligan began receiving emails from people in her address book asking what was going on.

A quick call to the FBI revealed she had been hacked with a Trojan virus that was now replicating itself to the thousands of people in her address book.

“This is going to break my heart to say this, but if you receive an email from me with an attachment, delete it,” Calligan said.

Calligan isn’t the only victim. The FBI Cybercrimes Unit said a lot of people have received vague emails from friends in recent weeks with a Dropbox attachment.
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