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MailGuard intercepts sinister cybercrime emails notifying users of COVID-19 “relief payment”
Cyber criminals have sent out a series of malicious emails attempting to manipulate users suffering from financial turmoil and difficulties triggered by the COVID-19 crisis.
Email attacks up 667% following rise of COVID-19 worldwide
Of the COVID-19 related attacks detected by Barracuda Sentinel through March 23, 54% were scams, 34% were brand impersonation attacks, 11% were blackmail, and 1% are business email compromise.
Vodafone warns customers as online scams increase due to COVID-19
Vodafone New Zealand is urging its customers to be more vigilant on digital channels.
Rising costs of email attacks concerning for organisations
Email attacks are having a major impact on businesses, with ever-evolving security concerns proving a challenge for IT security professionals.
PayPal phishing scam uses 'safety' features to trick people
These scams use safety features to steal victims’ confidential data, and are ‘brandjacking’ trusted names in the industry to conduct their attacks.
IRD warning customers of new email scam over tax refunds
“We’ve received more than 900 reports over the weekend. It looks like the real thing but has some tell-tale mistakes that people can use to tell it’s a scam."
Lateral phishing: The latest in email account takeover
"One of the most striking aspects of this emerging attack is the scale of potential victims that the attackers target."
Report: 80% of organisations faced email-borne attacks last year
Barracuda Networks found that 30% of respondents had fallen victim to a ransomware attack, with almost three quarters revealing the attacks had originated from email.
Scammers targeting more countries in sextortion scam - ESET
The attacker in the email claims they have hacked the intended victim's device, and have recorded the person while watching pornographic content.
Online attackers abusing Kiwis' generosity in wake of Chch tragedy
It doesn’t take some people long to abuse people’s kindness and generosity in a time of mourning.
CERT NZ: Email extortion & scams hit Kiwis hard in the pocket
Despite ongoing efforts to raise awareness about online scams and fraud, New Zealanders are still losing staggering amounts of money.
Inland Revenue says watch out for tax refund scams
Inland Revenue is warning New Zealanders to be vigilant about any ‘tax refund’ emails they receive that appear to look genuine.
Apple Pay “brandjacked” in new phishing attack
Cybercriminals are mimicking well-known companies, “brandjacking” them in a bid to infect computer systems and to steal sensitive data.
Scammers intercepting business emails in fake invoice scams
CERT NZ is warning New Zealand businesses to be aware of an upsurge in fake invoices, which are often intercepting genuine payments.
Kiwis' scam losses hit $18.6m, eclipsing last year's figures
This year Kiwis have lost a staggering $18.6 million to scams, compared to $10.1 million for over the entirety of last year.
How to avoid sending 'phishy' emails that could lose you customers
Some genuine emails can often look similar to scam emails, which can lead to damaged relationships between businesses and their customers.
Opinion: Weighing up the email security threat in EMEA
Barracuda's SVP shares some startling new research - 80% of EMEA organisations faced an email attack last year, while 73% believe they're increasing.
National Scams Awareness Week: Australians lost $340m in 2017
Scammers stole $340 million from Australians in 2017 – ACCC says this is the biggest loss ever recorded on its books.
Email fraud attacks take fast and furious approach to their business targets
The top three email fraud subject lines included ‘request’, ‘payment’, and ‘urgent’.
Identity theft is on the rise — users must respond
Of course, identity theft isn’t a purely online phenomenon. Criminals can use details found in the post or from discarded documents.
Kiwis lost $10.1 million to scams last year: Which region felt the worst of it?
"We encourage everyone, no matter how digitally savvy they think they are, to improve their knowledge of scams."
Researchers probe psychology behind phishing attacks
What makes the difference between a successful phishing attack and an unsuccessful one?ask researchers from Carnegie Mellon University.
Gone phishin’ - sidestepping the bait in scam emails
What makes people click on scam emails, and how can we educate them against opening themselves (and their organisations) up to vulnerabilities?
Australian real estate agents & buyers targeted in email hacking scam
Real estate agents and home buyers in Victoria are being targeted in a possible email hacking scam that has caused losses of more than $200,000.