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Subject -- Urgent payroll request

Apr 3, 2019 - Cyber criminals are trying to commit payroll fraud by sending fake emails requesting a change to your bank details. The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware that fraudulent emails have been received by organisations across Australia. These emails spoof the emails and signature blocks of staff, and are sent to HR/payroll areas appearing to ask for a change in bank account details for the current or next pay. …
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Fake Paypal emails request ‘account details’

Mar 30, 2019 - The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of malicious emails that are falsely advising Australians that their account has violated Paypal rules. These phishing emails try to lure the recipient into sharing personal information, which could then be used for identity theft and financial gain by cyber criminals. The recipient is told their account will be permanently disabled within 48 hours unless the user…

Detecting Socially Engineered Messages

Jan 4, 2019 - This publication provides guidance on identifying socially engineered messages delivered by services such as email, SMS, instant messaging or other direct messaging services offered by social media applications. Detecting Socially Engineered Messages (PDF) First published 2012; updated 2018 and January 2019 Introduction Socially-engineered messages present a significant threat to individuals and organisations due to…

Microsoft warns of Internet Explorer vulnerability

Dec 21, 2018 - Microsoft has released a security update for Internet Explorer after receiving a report from Google about a new vulnerability that is being used in targeted attacks. Security vulnerabilities in applications can be used to execute malicious code on your systems, and using the latest version of applications is one way that you can better protect yourself, as we explain in the Essential Eight. According to Microsoft,…

Medicare & Aus Post SMS scam

Nov 29, 2018 - You may have seen news reports yesterday of an active phishing campaign via SMS, pretending to be from either Medicare or Australia Post. The messages claim that you have a rebate owed or a competition opportunity and asks you to click through to a website and provide your personal details. The ACSC recommends that you do not click on any links that you receive via unsolicited text messages or emails, particularly where…

Beware of phishing after Cathay Pacific data theft

Oct 30, 2018 - Scammers often take advantage of incidents to trick people into sharing personal or financial information. Cathay Pacific Airways Limited announced last week that there had been 'unauthorised access' to passenger data of approximately 9.4 million people, who were travellers with the company and its wholly owned subsidiary, Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited. Although Cathay Pacific said it had no evidence that any…
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Netflix warns users about malicious emails

Sep 17, 2018 - Always question unexpected requests for your personal or financial information, and keep your passwords safe. Netflix warned subscribers at the weekend about a malicious email campaign that entices users to follow a 'link' to update bank details, but which instead gives cyber criminals access to your bank account. If you suspect you have received a fraudulent email or text message that appears to be from the company,…

US urges cyber vigilance after Hurricane Florence

Sep 17, 2018 - Fraudsters often try to exploit our willingness to help those in need, as Australians have experienced in the aftermath of devastating cyclones. The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Centre (NCCIC) in the United States has warned users and administrators to be vigilant for malicious cyber activity in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Fraudulent emails commonly appear after major natural disasters…
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BA warns of secondary fraud after data theft

Sep 12, 2018 - British Airways is continuing to investigate the theft of customer data and warns that fraudsters pretending to be from the airline may try to gather more personal information. ‘We are investigating, as a matter of urgency, the theft of customer data between 22:58 BST August 21 2018 until 21:45 BST September 5 2018 from our website, ba.com, and our mobile app,’ British Airways said. ‘Our website is now working normally…

Scammers claiming to be from government

Sep 3, 2018 - The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of a phone scam in which scammers are posing as employees from Australian Government Agencies. Scammers are attempting to convince you that your computer has been compromised, and to assist in their investigation, they're asking for remote access via a legitimate screen sharing program such as TeamViewer. The scammer then attempts to persuade you to take actions, such…