ANZ branding faked in PDF attachment scam

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 03 May 2018 15:25:21 AEST

MailGuard has detected a new cyber-attack using an email with a PDF attachment.

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Fake High Court notification email scam

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 03 May 2018 14:10:26 AEST

This new scam detected by MailGuard is a classic example of criminals using the name of an authority to persuade people to click on their links.

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Rubella Macro Builder: cheap DIY malware kits putting your business at risk

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 01 May 2018 12:42:39 AEST

What do crooks need to get into the cybercrime racket?

It’s a lot less complicated than you think these days. Wannabe online crims can just sign up for a $50 / month subscription to an online service like ‘Rubella Macro Builder’ and start churning out malware scams at the rate of dozens a week like they’re sending out Facebook memes.

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Caution: fake DocuSign email infected with malware

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 30 April 2018 09:29:31 AEST

This scam email impersonating a DocuSign notification is well designed, as you can see in the screenshot above.

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Fake GIO Insurance notification is a scam

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 26 April 2018 09:55:38 AEST

If you get this simple looking little email in your inbox, don’t click on the link and open the .doc file it points to.

Although the scammers that sent it tried to make it look like a GIO Insurance notification, the sole purpose of this innocent-looking little message is to deliver malware. The .doc file contains hidden code that will deliver malicious software to the victim’s computer in the background, without their knowledge.

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Fake "Companies House" email is a malware attack

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 26 April 2018 09:39:54 AEST

This scam email (shown in the screenshot, above) is designed to look like a “company complaint” notification issued by the British Government body
Companies House.

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This 'MYOB' email is fake: it's a malware attack

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 24 April 2018 16:50:51 AEST

If you get an email message that seems to be from “MYOB” today, make sure it’s the genuine article and not a scam.

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Scam exploiting ASIC branding

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 24 April 2018 11:50:31 AEST

The email in the screenshot above is a scam message using a fake ASIC logo to deceive recipients.

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SquirtDanger: new malware targets cryptocurrency wallets & passwords

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 24 April 2018 11:32:02 AEST

Making and selling malware like viruses, trojans and ransomware has grown into a
booming industry that now generates new cyber-threats on a daily basis.

The latest malware strain to hit the blogosphere headlines has been dubbed ‘SquirtDanger.’ It’s potent spyware that can covertly record passwords, take screenshots and even steal files from infected devices.

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New scam: fake job application email links to malware

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 20 April 2018 16:31:16 AEST

A new scam posing as a job application email is being detected by MailGuard.

The scam looks like a benign message from a job applicant, linking to their resume (see screenshot image above) but the link in the email actually points to a malware file that targets devices running Windows operating systems.

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Barclays brandjacked: email scam imitates bank

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 13 April 2018 14:23:19 AEST

As brandjacking scams go, there’s one category of trademark that is especially powerful for scammers to use: banks.

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New scam: Origin Energy branding exploited

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 12 April 2018 16:21:19 AEST

The fake Origin Energy bill notice in the screenshot above is an example of a new email scam that is targeting inboxes today.

The scam email message invites recipients to view their bill online, but the .doc file the link points to is infected with hidden malware.

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Caution: fake 'Telstra Media' BPAY billing message

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 09 April 2018 11:34:31 AEST

If you get an email message like the one in the screenshot above, claiming to be from 'Telstra Media,' don't open it or click on the links it contains.

This new scam purports to be a Telstra Media billing notice and asks the recipient to view their 'BPAY payment invoice' but the link is actually pointing to a zipped malware file.

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AVCrypt: new ransomware targeting antivirus software

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 27 March 2018 14:37:27 AEDT

A computer virus that seeks out and destroys antivirus software; that’s AVCrypt, a new ransomware variant
discovered on Friday.

The AVCrypt malware is designed to locate and delete PC antivirus software Windows Defender and Malwarebytes and then install ransomware onto an infected computer. By eliminating the computer’s antivirus programs before beginning the ransomware attack, AVCrypt effectively removes the local security protection that most PCs rely on to prevent such attacks, making this a very dangerous new malware strain.

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Quickbooks trademark exploited in email scam

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 08 March 2018 12:10:49 AEDT

MailGuard has detected a new criminal-intent email designed to look like a Quickbooks invoice notification - see screenshot above.

The objective of this sort of scam is to get the recipient to click on a link in the email that would take them to an archived file containing malware. Once the victim’s computer is infected with malware it may be used by cybercriminals in a number of ways: to mount botnet attacks, run ransomware, spy on computer networks or launch further email scams.

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