Circulating Now – Crypto Ransomware Delivered Through Fake AusPost Phishing Scam Today

Posted by Annamaria Montagnese on 06 April 2016 12:48:08 AEST

Any Australian who is receiving emails purportedly from Australia Post needs to be wary. Yet another email scam has hit email users en-masse today. We have identified several new Fake AusPost emails as malicious and are urging people to be aware.

  • First to stop NEW attacks, MailGuard is consistently between 2 hours and 48 hours ahead of the market in preventing fast breaking attacks.
  • Most on-premise or hybrid anti-virus vendors require software updates across multiple instances, which can take hours or even days, leaving clients vulnerable.

Here is a sample of one of the phishing emails MailGuard has stopped. 

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As identified in other phishing campaigns, the cybercriminals behind the scam are sending the email from different email addresses. What is also interesting to note, is that each email contains a different URL, making it harder for anti-virus vendors to identify and block.

The email suggests a parcel could not be delivered to the email recipient, and urges the user to click a link to ‘Get Shipping Label’ before bringing it to Australia Post outlets.

Clicking the link takes the user to a fake AusPost landing page.

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The URL is not even remotely close to that of the legitimate AusPost URL which is http://auspost.com.au/.

The user is directed to click on "Download Information" in order to retrieve the shipping label.

Upon doing so, the user is actually downloading an executable (dropper/malware) which could potentially download a form of crypto ransomware.

Downloading ransomware will lock all files by encrypting them on the local device or network, with a ransom demanded to be paid before files can be decrypted.

How can I protect myself from these types of email scams?

To reduce the risk of being tricked by one of these scams, you should immediately delete any emails that:

  • Seem suspicious and ask you to download files or click any links within an email to access your account.
  • Are purporting to be from businesses you may know and trust, yet use language that is not consistent with the way they usually write (including multiple grammatical errors)
  • Ask you to click on a link within the email body in order to access their website. If unsure call the company/person directly and ask whether the email is legitimate.

Share these tips with your staff to make them aware of these or other similar campaigns. By employing a cloud-based email and web filtering solution like MailGuard, you’ll also reduce the risk of these new variants of phishing from entering your network in the first place.

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Topics: Cyber Criminals email scam Email Spam Australia Post Scam Crypto Ransomware crypto AusPost

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