The company said the email had landed in people's inboxes this morning and was timed to catch people at the beginning of the working week. Later a MailGuard spokesperson informed iTWire that the ransomware in questioon was CryptoLocker.
The email purports to be from ASIC but is actually sent from a domain that was registered today in China.
The Australian government's coat of arms and ASIC logo are in the email which has a fake email signature attributed to "Max Morgan, Senior Executive Leader" at ASIC. MailGuard said no such employee appeared to exist at the commission.
A screenshot of the bogus ASIS email. Courtesy: MailGuard
Those behind the scam ask people who longer need to have a business name registered to email email@example.com, which is the real cancellation address provided by ASIC.
iTWire has asked MailGuard whether it is aware of the name of the ransomware that it claims is being downloaded as a result of clicking on the link in this email.