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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Second Criminal-Intent Email Purporting to be Xero ...

By Emmanuel Marshall on 27 December 2017 13:13:30 AEDT


Cybercriminals don’t take vacations; MailGuard intercepted a large-scale email scam this morning, pretending to contain a Xero branded invoice.

The criminals behind this scam are leveraging the trust users place in the Xero brand to try and get people to open a malware file attachment. 

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Fake ASIC Email: Macro Scams are Still Around

By Emmanuel Marshall on 19 December 2017 16:02:32 AEDT


MailGuard intercepted an email scam this morning that's meant to look like a message from ASIC;
the Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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New Macro Word Malware Email Scams Hidden in Zip File ...

By Annamaria Montagnese on 17 March 2016 17:17:48 AEDT

New tactics to bypass traditional anti-virus defences are ever developing, but this latest run shows a series of varying aspects to each email.

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Beware of New Microsoft Word Macro Crypto ...

By Richard Price on 23 December 2015 17:38:56 AEDT

MailGuard has successfully identified and blocked a highly-sophisticated spam campaign which uses Microsoft Word files to infect computers with crypto ransomware.

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Microsoft Word ‘Macro Malware’ Viruses Are Back In A ...

By Daniel Graziano on 29 October 2015 10:42:00 AEDT

MailGuard have recently identified and blocked a large scale run of email spam containing Word files infected by macro malware.

We can confirm at the time of report, no major antivirus vendors were detecting these documents as containing a macro virus. Whilst macro malware scams have existed for years, we have identified a large increase in their distribution recently.

Here are screenshots of some of the unique email variations we have observed:

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