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Thursday, 14 December 2017 01:04

MailGuard warns of fake 'Energy Australia' email - scam alert!

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A large-scale email scam imitating Energy Australia has been intercepted by email protection specialists MailGuard, with the company warning Australians to be alert.

MailGuard tells us that these emails "are well-designed fakes that look very similar to actual Energy Australia messages," with a screenshot below showing how realistic they look.

We're told that although the "sender" display name on these emails is "EnergyAustralia," the actual sender URL is "australianenergysolutions[dot]com; a new URL that was registered yesterday in China."

So, what does the dangerous email contain?

This fake bill notification email "links to a zipped JavaScript file which contains malware in JavaScript format."

MailGuard reports having successfully protected its customers "from receiving this email, but they will be landing in unprotected inboxes, so please keep an eye out."

The company says that "link-to-payload emails of this type can cause serious harm. The JavaScript files linked from the message may contain spyware, ransomware, or viruses."

How can you protect your inbox?

Here are MailGuard's tips:

  • Always hover your mouse over links within emails and check the domain they’re pointing to. If they look suspicious or unfamiliar don’t open them.
  • 9 out of 10 cyber-attacks are delivered via email, so it's essential to have the best email filtering in place to protect your systems. For a few dollars per staff member per month, you can have the peace of mind of MailGuard's comprehensive cloud-based email and web filtering. You’ll significantly reduce the risk of zero-day (previously unknown) threats and stop new variants of malicious email from entering your network.
  • Keep up to date on the latest scams by subscribing to MailGuard updates or follow the company social media, and naturally, the company hopes you'll contact it if you want its protection for your business email system.

 


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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