Business Priorities 2018: What are CEOs Thinking About?

By Craig McDonald on 22 January 2018 10:56:03 AEDT

These are interesting times to be in business. The fastest pace of industrial development in history. Huge opportunities. Huge risks. An economic environment that rewards innovation but is also incredibly volatile.

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‘Meltdown’ & ‘Spectre’ Bugs: PCs & Macs Vulnerable to ...

By Emmanuel Marshall on 05 January 2018 13:17:56 AEDT

Newly discovered security bugs in computer processors have been revealed that make almost all devices vulnerable to data theft.

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Mass Market Cybercrime - the Threat of MaaS

By Emmanuel Marshall on 03 January 2018 09:52:34 AEDT

Cybercriminals are starting to behave like corporations and it’s not that surprising, considering cybercrime is a multi-billion dollar industry.

Hackers producing malware like trojans, ransomware and spyware don’t usually run solo scams anymore; they set up an online shopfront and lease their products to anybody who wants to use them.

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Cybersecurity: a Multi-Layered Strategy is Required

By Craig McDonald on 02 January 2018 14:57:57 AEDT

One of the biggest challenges we face dealing with cybersecurity is the way it’s perceived as an IT issue. The reality is that cybercrime exploits gaps in security at every level. Criminals use every means available to them to penetrate a company’s defences: telephone calls; fake documents; and identity theft.

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Cybercrime 2017: This Year's Big Stories

By Emmanuel Marshall on 29 December 2017 15:45:04 AEDT

History may well remember the 20-teens as the decade of cybercrime. 

This year has seen an unprecedented level of new attacks; not only in number but also in intensity. The steep upward trend points to 2018 being worse still. Cybercrime is now the most economically damaging crime category, worldwide.

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2018: Can we Avoid a Cybercrime Storm?

By Emmanuel Marshall on 22 December 2017 15:41:09 AEDT

Equifax, WannaCry, Russian hacking; there were weeks when 2017 was like a cybersecurity Twilight Zone. 

A lot of people are justifiably nervous about what might be in store for us next year. The absolute meshing of commerce and the internet creates new opportunities for criminals all the time and we’re seeing some trends in cybercrime right now that could make 2018 a bumpy ride for the ill-prepared.

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Aust Post, Energy Aust and CityLink Scams - Weekly ...

By Emmanuel Marshall on 15 December 2017 15:24:03 AEDT

This has been a big week for email scams. We've detected and stopped malicious emails brandjacking Australia Post, Energy Australia, CityLink and MYOB. The internet's criminal element seem to be ramping up their efforts for the approaching holiday season. This is an especially hectic time of year for most of us, and scammers want to catch us when we're busy and stressed out

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Police Action Threatened in CityLink Scam Emails

By Emmanuel Marshall on 14 December 2017 16:54:54 AEDT

This morning MailGuard detected a new criminal-intent email with fake
‘CityLink’ branding. CityLink is a toll-road payment platform operating in Melbourne, Australia.

This well-executed email scam is trying to deceive recipients into thinking they have an outstanding fine requiring payment, so they will click on a ‘view your toll invoice’ link

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‘Xero’ Fake Invoice Email Points to Malware

By Emmanuel Marshall on 14 December 2017 13:54:49 AEDT

This morning MailGuard has intercepted a large volume email scam. The messages are fake invoice reminders, using the brand
‘Xero’ to try and inspire trust. The email contains a link which pretends to point at an invoice but actually goes to a zipped JavaScript file containing trojan malware

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Fake MYOB Invoices Used in Email Scam Today

By Emmanuel Marshall on 12 December 2017 13:15:00 AEDT

Threat Alert:

MailGuard has detected a new scam email being sent out in large numbers this morning.

This message is designed to look like an invoice created with MYOB

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Fake Amazon Emails & Uber Analysis - Weekly Digest

By Emmanuel Marshall on 08 December 2017 16:21:38 AEDT

The big story this week in the IT media has been the scandal surrounding Uber and their attempts to conceal their massive data breaches.

On Wednesday MailGuard CEO and author Craig McDonald published a blog post analysing the missteps the Uber company made handling their cybercrime crisis

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Amazon Hype Exploited by Cybercriminals in New Email ...

By Emmanuel Marshall on 07 December 2017 15:00:00 AEDT

This morning the MailGuard system detected a new scam using fake payment receipts. These criminal-intent emails link to fake ‘receipt’ files which actually contain malicious JavaScript code (see screenshot above).

Today’s spin on this familiar scam formula was the exploitation of Amazon’s name to deceive victims.

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Uber: Paying-Off Cybercriminals was a Wrong Turn

By Craig McDonald on 06 December 2017 13:24:48 AEDT

The shocking news about Uber’s data breach woes just keeps on coming. After reading Stephen Little’s
Independent article ‘Uber data leak hit 2.7m UK customers’ I felt compelled to break my silence on this issue.

I don’t like to heap criticism on an already embattled company, but the latest revelations about Uber’s unethical behaviour has made them fair game for critique, I think. Uber’s handling of their ongoing cybercrime crisis has landed them in a situation where they are now dealing with a legal battle and a public relations meltdown as well.

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Scam: Fake Bakerdays Invoice Conceals Malware

By Emmanuel Marshall on 04 December 2017 19:30:00 AEDT

This afternoon MailGuard intercepted a large batch of criminal-intent emails formatted to look like Bakerdays Quickbooks invoices. (See screenshot, above.)

These fake invoices are well designed, so they would not necessarily look suspicious to recipients based on their appearance. They even have a legitimate looking sender address: andrea[at]bakerdays[dot]com

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Mentoring, Leadership & Cybercrime Boom Time - Weekly ...

By Emmanuel Marshall on 01 December 2017 16:44:41 AEDT

Here's a roundup of this weeks articles on the MailGuard Blog. It's been a busy week here, especially for our CEO Craig McDonald, who managed to fit a mentoring workshop and a leadership interview with Prof. Gary Martin into his schedule...

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