Commonwealth Bank Customers Targeted with Fake ‘Security Alert’ Email

Posted by MailGuard on 23 September 2021 15:55:07 AEST

Commonwealth Bank customers are again being targeted by cybercriminals with a new phishing scam designed to steal customers’ credentials, including their name, date of birth, zip code, phone contact, credit card and client number and password details. As one of the most respected brands in corporate Australia, and an expansive customer base, Commonwealth Bank customers must remain vigilant when receiving emails about problems with their account.

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Microsoft OneDrive Users Remain Vigilant As ‘Jobs Alert’ Phishing Scam Does the Rounds

Posted by MailGuard on 23 September 2021 15:20:54 AEST

Email users need to be extra vigilant, with MailGuard intercepting an email phishing scam purporting to be from a well-known repair company, however the email is in fact from a compromised email account, making it difficult to discern from a legitimate request. File sharing amongst colleagues and clients is commonplace, and a practise that cybercriminals have taken advantage of in recent times for credential harvesting and potentially install malware onto computer networks.  

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PayPal Users Beware: Fake Emails Claiming, ‘Your Account Has Been Limited’ Landing in Inboxes

Posted by MailGuard on 16 September 2021 13:52:32 AEST

PayPal users should be watchful before opening or responding to any generic emails advising of a ‘limit’ being placed on their account, as it is most likely a devious attempt by scammers to get a hold of account and credit card information. Many of us rely on PayPal, (approximately 392 million, in fact) as a trusted way to make and receive payments, with 29 million active merchants using the service to run their online businesses, particularly in the current pandemic influenced times. This is not the first time that MailGuard has intercepted a scam spoofing the popular global payment provider, with the rise of online shopping and ease of use from various, perhaps, unsecured devices, providing a vantage point for criminals.

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Password Best Practise: A Must-Have Layer of Cyber Defense

Posted by Craig McDonald on 25 August 2021 13:19:46 AEST

We all use passwords. In fact, we need them to access almost any online device. They are the key to retrieving sensitive data, whether it be online banking, classified company documents or social profiles, such as LinkedIn. They’re the first line of defense to protect crucial information, and often the most vulnerable. It’s not surprising then, that cybercriminals often create phishing scams to steal password credentials in order to procure data for use in criminal activity.

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To Pay a Ransom? The Debate Rages On

Posted by Craig McDonald on 02 August 2021 16:53:33 AEST

As I write this, the threat of Ransomware is rapidly on the rise. So much so that the Australian Federal Police has formed a task force - Operation Orcus - following in the footsteps of the US Government, in an attempt to combat the specialised criminal infrastructure that is wreaking havoc across large scale organisations here and globally. High profile victims such as Nine Entertainment, JBS and Uniting Care, along with the recent Kaseya interception have been making headlines and may continue to do so without superior intelligence targeting organised crime groups.  

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The hacking tactics in Mueller indictment are used in crime daily

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 10 September 2018 11:44:00 AEST

The worlds of politics and cybercrime collided in 2016 when Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign HQ was infiltrated by hackers. The incident led to the exposure of thousands of sensitive private documents, a storm of controversy and potentially, the disruption of the US democratic process.

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Is your cybersecurity budget well spent? Or are you missing the target?

Posted by Craig McDonald on 27 August 2018 10:47:21 AEST

The image many businesspeople have of cybercrime is a teenager with a grubby hoody hunched over a laptop hammering code into a flickering screen that’s like something out of The Matrix. The imaginary teen finds a backdoor into a bank’s server admin page, and typing like fury beats the computer in a showdown of quick-draw typing.

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Domain spoofing: how hackers hijack companies online

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 24 August 2018 11:49:31 AEST

When hackers set about breaking into a company’s computers, they start with phishing emails. Their objective is to get one person inside their target company to click a link to a fake website they’ve set up and enter their email password.

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$10k lost in latest email fraud against Aussie business

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 17 August 2018 10:36:44 AEST

This week the SMH reported the story of the small business owner who lost AU$10,000 in an email fraud attack.

“Small business owner Phoebe Bell believes scammers were watching her emails "for months" before they swiped $10,000 from her homewares operation, Sage & Clare,” the SMH reports.

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Email fraud up 46% on 2017: businesses losing $ billions

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 15 August 2018 09:58:41 AEST

Claire, an intern at a small legal firm, sits down at her desk after getting back from a hasty, late lunch. She gulps her coffee and flicks open her email inbox: 37 new messages. She rubs her temples and begins to work her way through the backlog that piled up during her 15-minute lunch break.

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GDPR: data security is the responsibility of companies

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 03 July 2018 09:50:06 AEST


GDPR - the
EU General Data Protection Regulation - is now in effect. The regulations are designed to protect the data privacy of EU residents, but because the rules affect any company handling EU data, the true influence of the GDPR is international in scope.

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Video: cybersecurity expert Alastair MacGibbon's advice for CEOs

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 10 April 2018 15:45:36 AEST


Cyber-attacks are a growing challenge for Australian companies and are now Australia’s number-one economic crime. MailGuard collaborates with PwC and Microsoft to bring together CEOs and cybersecurity experts in forums focussed on the rise of cybercrime and the challenge it presents for business.

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Ensuring your cash flow security

Posted by Craig McDonald on 09 April 2018 15:42:08 AEST


"Cybersecurity needs to be taken seriously… Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and small businesses are particularly vulnerable. Many small businesses have successfully blended their physical and virtual shopfronts to establish sustainable operating models... Cybercriminals now are attacking small businesses very regularly. They know the big guys have really cool systems and they know the little guys haven't.”

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GlobalGuard: cybersecurity built on Blockchain

Posted by Craig McDonald on 15 March 2018 10:42:41 AEDT


The biggest challenge in cybersecurity is keeping up with the new attacks that criminals are always coming up with. They’re always looking for new tools and strategies to defraud companies, so we have to be forward-looking in our approach to defence as well.

MailGuard has built its success on being able to respond to new threats ahead of the market and it’s always been our mission to devise better strategies to combat cyber-attacks in real time.

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Educating teams is a cybersecurity must-do

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 14 March 2018 15:50:12 AEDT


A well educated team is one of the most powerful security assets a company can have. A company can equip themselves with a suite of excellent security tools but they won’t be fully effective if the team members - from the boardroom to the shopfront - don’t understand their responsibility as individuals to support the company’s security culture. While people in management roles have no difficulty seeing the financial hazards that cybercrime presents, the technicalities are often a sticking point.

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