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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Xmas Parcel Scam - Fake Aust Post Email

By Emmanuel Marshall on 11 December 2017 16:23:36 AEDT


Earlier today, MailGuard stopped a new criminal-intent email from arriving in its customers inboxes. This scam exploits Australia Post's name to gain trust.

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Several MailChimp Accounts Compromised as Phishing ...

By Daniel McShanag on 14 November 2017 00:24:39 AEDT

 

In the latest example of brandjacking, this evening we are seeing a run of phishing emails impersonating major retail brands. The criminal emails are leveraging several different compromised MailChimp accounts to bypass traditional email scanning software, and then using the power of major household name brands to entice users to click.

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PayPal Brandjacked in New Criminal Email Attack

By Emmanuel Marshall on 09 November 2017 17:01:09 AEDT


In the past 24 hours, MailGuard has blocked a new criminal intent email going after credit card information. With a subject that reads ‘Your PayPal account has been limited,’ this one is designed to look like an admin email from PayPal, but of course it is completely fake.

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Brandjacked! Major ongoing email attack impersonates ...

By Daniel McShanag on 25 October 2017 20:44:35 AEDT

In a very large scale and ongoing email scam, cybercriminals are yet again impersonating accounting firm MYOB, delivering a fraudulent DocuSign supply order to inboxes. This is the second ‘brandjacking’ in the space of the last week for MYOB, with a similar invoice scam impersonating the leading accounting software last Tuesday.

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Cyber-attack targets accounting software leader MYOB ...

By Daniel McShanag on 17 October 2017 15:21:37 AEDT

In a cyber-attack that is still ongoing, cyber criminals are mimicking leading accounting software brand MYOB, delivering fake invoices to unsuspecting email recipients. The large-scale attack was first blocked by MailGuard early on Tuesday AEST.

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Cyber-criminals employing Machiavellian tactics to ...

By Katherine Chong on 04 October 2017 14:34:23 AEDT

Frequently targeted ASIC and CBA have again been impersonated in new email scams circulating from this morning (AEDT). These scams are particularly deceitful as they are so well-crafted, with no grammatical errors and on-brand formatting.

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Barrage of financial services scams continue – ATO & ...

By Katherine Chong on 27 September 2017 14:30:44 AEST

The ATO and MYOB, regular victims of brand-jacking by cybercriminals, have again been targeted today in large-scale email campaigns. The first ATO-branded email was detected at 8.22am AEST, and the MYOB-branded email at 8.50am AEST. MailGuard has blocked 100% of these emails, and as both attacks are ongoing, we are monitoring for variants.

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Careful what you click this morning: Virgin Media Bill ...

By Daniel McShanag on 27 September 2017 08:40:45 AEST

Warn your teams to be careful about clicking on any strange emails when they get to their desks this morning. Starting at 6:00pm and 6:19pm respectively, two new email scam from eFax Corporate and Virgin Media, were arriving in Australian inboxes last night. MailGuard successfully blocked the scams, with the last messages ceasing at 10:02pm and 10:56pm.

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Sophisticated, near-clones of Telstra, Xero & ...

By Katherine Chong on 26 September 2017 13:40:56 AEST

The barrage of criminal intent email campaigns masquerading as popular SMB and consumer brands Telstra and Xero continues today. The very large-scale attacks were detected from 9.03am AEST September 26, and are ongoing. Whilst 100% of these emails were blocked by MailGuard, we are monitoring for variants.

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Very large Telstra Bill and go via email scams hitting ...

By Daniel McShanag on 25 September 2017 12:51:14 AEST

Two very large phishing campaigns are landing in business inboxes this morning. First stopped by MailGuard just before 9:00AM AEST, the scams are impersonating Telstra and Brisbane eToll operator go via.

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Chasing the honeypot. Email scammers target your ...

By Daniel McShanag on 21 September 2017 10:58:38 AEST

Forever popular with cybercriminals, this week has seen a series of email scams going directly for the money-jar. Leveraging major accounting software brands that are popular with the SMB segment – like MYOB, Xero and Sage – the cybercrime networks may be chasing smaller businesses who don’t have dedicated infosec or IT help to defend against scams.

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Crafty DVD email scam hijacks MailChimp account to ...

By Daniel McShanag on 20 September 2017 15:25:28 AEST

Look out today for a sophisticated DVD phishing scam using a compromised MailChimp account to deliver malicious code. The email from ‘DVDs Manager’ is framed as an ’Order confirmation.’

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ASIC ‘business name renewal’ email scam targets Aussie ...

By Daniel McShanag on 18 September 2017 15:00:14 AEST

Cybercriminals are targeting Australian business inboxes with a very large run of scam emails today, purporting to be from ‘ASIC Messaging Service.’

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