Major Telcos Brandjacked in malware email scam

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 08 March 2018 11:44:00 AEDT

Major Australian telcos Vodafone, Telstra and Bigpond are having their brands exploited in a new email scam detected by MailGuard today.

This innocent looking message (see screenshot above) appears to be delivering a ‘wire transfer receipt’ as a .pdf attachment, but the attached document contains malicious code that is activated if the file is opened.

The scammers behind this attack have used compromised email accounts with telco domains to lend credibility to the messages. The sender details vary between individual messages but at this time they are all using one of these ‘from’ addresses:

  • Belinda Hoffman -
  • Nicole Mackinnon -
  • Nicole Mackinnon -
  • Nicole Mackinnon -

To avoid harm to your computer, don’t open this message if it appears in your inbox.


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Always hover your mouse over links within emails and check the domain they’re pointing to. If they look suspicious or unfamiliar don’t open them.

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For a few dollars per staff member per month, you can have the peace of mind of MailGuard's comprehensive cloud-based email and web filtering. You’ll significantly reduce the risk of zero-day (previously unknown) threats and stop new variants of malicious email from entering your network.

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If you’re experiencing problems with email scams you can speak to one of MailGuard's cloud security specialists right now on 1300 30 44 30 



Topics: Malware Zero Day cybercrime scam emails Threat Update

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