Jaclyn McRae 25 January 2017 17:09:45 AEDT 1 MIN READ

Don't click: Cybercriminals impersonate ASIC to distribute malware

 A fake email allegedly from ASIC is disseminating malware on a significant scale.

The message claims to contain an important message. But those who click to the link inadvertently download a malicious JavaScript file.

The file is housed within a zip file on a compromised SharePoint site.

A large wave of the fake emails was sent to Australian inboxes over the course of 45 minutes today.

They were sent from a compromised SendGrid account, with the sender name changed to become ‘ASIC Messaging Service’.

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None of 68 well-known antivirus vendors were detecting the link as malicious this afternoon.

While the exact type of malware isn’t clear – it could be anything from a virus to ransomware – malware is generally designed to disrupt, damage or gain control of a computer system or data.

Malware can reformat your hard drive, alter, delete or encrypt files, steal sensitive information, send unauthorised emails, or takes control of your computer and all of the software on it.

The real ASIC website warns about scams targeting ASIC customers.

“Scammers pretending to be from ASIC have been contacting Registry customers asking them to pay fees and give personal information to renew their business or company name,” ASIC says.

“These emails often have a link that provides an invoice with fake payment details or infects your computer with malware if you click the link.”

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