GDPR + NDB: Tough Cybersecurity Laws - Weekly ...

By Emmanuel Marshall on Nov 17, 2017

 

It's been a non-stop week at MailGuard with multiple brandjacking, phishing and malware scams detected and blocked by our threat detection engines.

Our CEO, Craig McDonald wrote an insightful article for the blog on Monday explaining the potential impact of the new EU's GDPR regime. Craig will be speaking at the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) Western Australia next week, discussing the challenges cybersecurity presents to business leaders.

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Scammers Going After Your Login Info - Threat Update

By Emmanuel Marshall on Nov 16, 2017

 

This morning MailGuard detected a new phishing email using a fake message pretending to be from telecommunications company Vocus.

The initial contact with the intended victim is an email which asks them to advise the payment status of an ‘attached invoice.’

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This ‘Invoice’ Could be Very Costly Indeed - Scam Alert

By Emmanuel Marshall on Nov 15, 2017


Over the last 24 hours, MailGuard has intercepted a generic malicious email attack that has a link to a malware file disguised in a Word document.

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New NDB Data-Security Regime: Is Your Business Ready?

By Emmanuel Marshall on Nov 14, 2017


Thanks to the global online marketplace, businesses can find customers, manage workforces and accept payments more easily than ever before.

Australians are embracing the internet as a place to do business in record numbers and that’s great news, as long as everything works smoothly. Email, e-commerce and cloud storage platforms have become the foundation of day-to-day business activity, but they also create opportunities for infiltration and fraud. The problem that businesses face, trading online, is the risk of data breaches; valuable information falling into the wrong hands.

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Several MailChimp Accounts Compromised as Phishing ...

By Daniel McShanag on Nov 14, 2017

 

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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New GDPR Regulations: Billions at Stake for Unprepared ...

By Craig McDonald on Nov 13, 2017

 

Hefty New Fines for Data Breaches

 

Paul Roberts wrote a fascinating article for ‘The Digital Guardian’ about the massive 2015 Hilton data breach.

To refresh your memory; in 2015, the Hilton hotel company suffered criminal-intent data breaches that exposed hundreds of thousands of customer credit card records. Last week the New York Attorney General gave Hilton a US$700k fine for the breach.

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Warning: Our Brains are on Autopilot Most of the ...

By Craig McDonald on Nov 9, 2017

 

Fake Netflix (Criminal intent) Email Scam is Another Case of ‘Brandjacking’: a Growing Cybercrime Tactic

You may have read the breaking story this week about the fraudulent Netflix email that’s trying to steal people’s credit card details. It's been widely reported by major media outlets like USA Today, MSN and NBC, and in tech publications like WIRED and Mashable, just to name a few.

My MailGuard blog was the first to report on this threat Friday, 3 November. Fortunately for our clients, MailGuard identified and intercepted this criminal-intent email before it could reach their inboxes and do any harm.

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Brandjacked! Major ongoing email attack impersonates ...

By Daniel McShanag on Oct 25, 2017

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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Email scam: Tell curious minds to be careful clicking ...

By Daniel McShanag on Oct 17, 2017

A new e-ticket infringement email scam has been landing in inboxes throughout today. Starting late in the morning AEST, the run continued for several hours with a display name ‘Anna POL #6635’ and display address of ‘strathmorecc(at)live(dot)com(dot)au’

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Cyber-attack targets accounting software leader MYOB ...

By Daniel McShanag on Oct 17, 2017

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 Oct 4, 2017

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 Sep 27, 2017

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 Sep 27, 2017

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 Sep 26, 2017

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 Sep 25, 2017

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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