Fake ATO Email Links to Malware - New Scam Alert

By Emmanuel Marshall on 17 January 2018 16:56:19 AEDT


MailGuard has intercepted a new zero-day email scam. The messages are using fake branding of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and request the recipient to fill in a linked ‘tax form.’

The link in these messages is actually pointing to a JavaScript malware file in a .zip archive.

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Netflix Imitated Again in New Phishing Scam

By Emmanuel Marshall on 10 January 2018 10:03:08 AEDT


MailGuard has detected a new zero-day phishing scam using fake Netflix branding.

Netflix has become a favourite vehicle for email fraudsters. Their large customer base makes them a valuable target for brandjacking; cybercrime that exploits the trademarks of well-known companies to deceive victims.

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Better Cybersecurity - Govt. Guide for Businesspeople

By Emmanuel Marshall on 09 January 2018 16:50:55 AEDT


43% of cybercrime targets smaller businesses; that’s the warning issued in a newly released Australian Government pamphlet.

Published by the ASBFEO (Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman), the pamphlet is titled ‘Get Cyber Secure - Three Quick Steps to Serenity.’ The document is designed to raise awareness of cybercrime and help small businesses achieve better cybersecurity preparedness.

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Fake AGL Disconnection Notice - New Email Scam

By Emmanuel Marshall on 09 January 2018 16:00:54 AEDT


MailGuard has detected a new email scam today using fake AGL Energy branding.

Some effort has gone into making this malicious email convincing enough to deceive victims; the design is well executed as you can see in the screenshot above, with sophisticated text and graphical content, that makes it look a lot like a genuine AGL communication.

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Zero Day Phishing Scam Harvests Microsoft Logins

By Emmanuel Marshall on 08 January 2018 16:34:53 AEDT

MailGuard has detected a Zero Day phishing scam using fake CBRE branding.

The message contains a download link purporting to be a scanned PDF document from a Xerox Multifunction Printer. This link actually goes to a website designed to harvest victim’s Microsoft login details.

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CPA Australia Brandjacked by Cybercriminals

By Emmanuel Marshall on 08 January 2018 14:16:47 AEDT


MailGuard has intercepted a new email scam pretending to originate from CPA Australia.

The message instructs recipients to open an attached ‘invoice’; an attachment in Word .doc format.

Scammers deliver malware via macros hidden in the structure of .doc files like this.

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Social Engineering: Hacking + Psychology = Fraud

By Emmanuel Marshall on 08 January 2018 11:55:41 AEDT


Recently
The Brisbane Times broke a story about cybercriminals who stole millions of dollars from Queensland law firms in December. This story is interesting because the cybercriminals involved didn’t hack into the lawyer's network or infect their computers with a virus - they just sent them an email.

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Alert: Fake Suncorp ‘Insurance Documents’ Email Scam

By Emmanuel Marshall on 08 January 2018 11:34:52 AEDT


Be on the lookout for this email scam today using fake ‘Suncorp’ branding. The email was detected by MailGuard this morning and is currently being sent out in large numbers.

The message shows the sender addresses ‘SunCorp Insurance’ or ‘Health Insurance,’ but the emails actually originate from a compromised MailChimp account.

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‘Meltdown’ & ‘Spectre’ Bugs: PCs & Macs Vulnerable to ...

By Emmanuel Marshall on 05 January 2018 13:17:56 AEDT


Newly discovered security bugs in computer processors have been revealed that make almost all devices vulnerable to data theft.

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Email Threat: Fake MYOB Invoice Scam

By Emmanuel Marshall on 04 January 2018 16:06:46 AEDT


Late this morning MailGuard detected a 'fake invoice' email scam using MYOB branding.

The messages used in this cybercrime attack are well formatted with authentic looking MYOB branding in the footer.

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Scam Alert: Another Fake ASIC Email

By Emmanuel Marshall on 04 January 2018 16:03:07 AEDT


New threat outbreak this morning: a criminal-intent email exploiting ASIC. 
MailGuard detected the new attack and prevented the emails from reaching our clients.

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Mass Market Cybercrime - the Threat of MaaS

By Emmanuel Marshall on 03 January 2018 09:52:34 AEDT


Cybercriminals are starting to behave like corporations and it’s not that surprising, considering cybercrime is a multi-billion dollar industry.

Hackers producing malware like trojans, ransomware and spyware don’t usually run solo scams anymore; they set up an online shopfront and lease their products to anybody who wants to use them.

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Cybercrime 2017: This Year's Big Stories

By Emmanuel Marshall on 29 December 2017 15:45:04 AEDT


History may well remember the 20-teens as the decade of cybercrime. 

This year has seen an unprecedented level of new attacks; not only in number but also in intensity. The steep upward trend points to 2018 being worse still. Cybercrime is now the most economically damaging crime category, worldwide.

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Second Criminal-Intent Email Purporting to be Xero ...

By Emmanuel Marshall on 27 December 2017 13:13:30 AEDT


Cybercriminals don’t take vacations; MailGuard intercepted a large-scale email scam this morning, pretending to contain a Xero branded invoice.

The criminals behind this scam are leveraging the trust users place in the Xero brand to try and get people to open a malware file attachment. 

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Will Email Scams Be Bigger in 2018? - Weekly Digest

By Emmanuel Marshall on 22 December 2017 17:06:42 AEDT

It's been a huge year from the POV of cybersecurity. The number and sophistocation of email scams we've seen in 2017 is a sobering reminder that cybercrime is a growing problem. One of the reasons that email scams persist is that they have a high success ratio.

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