New scam: fake job application email links to malware

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 20 April 2018 16:31:16 AEST


A new scam posing as a job application email is being detected by MailGuard.

The scam looks like a benign message from a job applicant, linking to their resume (see screenshot image above) but the link in the email actually points to a malware file that targets devices running Windows operating systems.

Although this scam looks very simple, the criminals behind it are using thousands of compromised websites and email addresses to power the attack and avoid the scam being shut down. Because the scam uses actual email addresses that have been hacked, the sender details also belong to the real people whose accounts have been hijacked.

 

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Doing business online opens up opportunities for collaboration on an unprecedented level, but with that opportunity comes significant risk. Cybercriminals use simple scam emails to infiltrate organisations with malware and attack them from the inside. 
All criminals need to break into your business is a cleverly worded email. If they can trick one person in your company into clicking on a malicious link they can gain access to your data.

For a few dollars per staff member per month, you can protect your business with MailGuard's predictive email security.
Talk to an expert at MailGuard today about making your company's network secure: click here.

 

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