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Notice: Ransomware Virus Attack - 7 Dec 2018 (*Latest News*)

Alert: Ransomware Virus !

A new ransomware is being spread called Rapid Ransomware that stays active after initially encrypting a computer and encrypts any new files that are created. While this behavior is not unique to Rapid, it is not a common behavior we see too often.

Randsomware

Since January, numerous people has been infected with Rapid Ransomware. According to statistics from ID-Ransomware, the first submitted case was on January 3rd and since then there have been over 300 submissions. This is probably a small portion of the total victims, are there many who most likely did not utilize ID-Ransomware to identify the infection.

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Posted on 18 June 2018


Types of Spam Email: Phishing - 18 Jun 2018

Types of Spam Email: Phishing

Phishing

Police has made an awareness on the recent suspicious emails that were sent out to Netflix customers. The email would inform the customers that their account has been deactivated because the company “could not validate billing information.” It then prompts the victim to click a link that redirect to the phishing site to enter their personal details and credit card numbers.

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Posted on 18 June 2018


Types of Spam Email: Impersonation for money transfer - 18 Jun 2018

Types of Spam Email: Impersonation for money transfer

Impersonation for money transfer

A gardener had received a duplicate email quotation with changed bank account details and a note in poor English asking for payment, 14 mins after the legitimate email was received. The payment was then made to the scammer’s bank account by the victim. The gardener only found out 1 week later that he was being scam after contacting the supplier. This scammers has gained access to your business email accounts. Their main aim is to trick you by using your existing quotes and invoices. The method that they used was to copy the exact invoices but the only change is that the bank account details to transfer the money to them instead of your client's or suppliers.

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Posted on 18 June 2018


Types of Spam Email: Malware - 11 Jun 2018

Types of Spam Email: Malware

Malware

Lake Illawarra Police had made an awareness notice on Facebook page for local residents to be alert of the fake infringement tickets being emailed to them. The new email scam uses fake fines to coaxed victims into clicking on malicious files. The link in the email actually redirect to an archive file which is infected with JavaScript malware. There were several type of the basic email format with different fine amounts and imitated officer names. The “infringement” scam messages were coming from a wide range of sender email accounts

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Posted on 11 June 2018


Types of Spam Email: Phishing - 11 Jun 2018

Types of Spam Email: Phishing

Phishing

Some of the hotels and guest houses which were featured on the booking.com were being targeted by scammer for sending phishing email. Which result in some users receiving emails instructing them to provide payment details. Personal information, such as names, addresses, phone numbers, reference number and cost were included which make it seems legitimate to make customers believe. The email appeared genuine, which included customer’s personal information, such as names, addresses, phone numbers, reference number and cost.

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Posted on 11 June 2018


Types of Spam Email: Viruses - 04 Jun 2018

Types of Spam Email: Viruses

Viruses

Hackers send out scam emails to banks in Russia on behalf of Kaspersky Lab and the European Central Bank. The email notifies a recipient in English that the activity on their computer breached the law and provided a complaint letter for them to download from the email attachment, which contained a computer virus. In the second attack, emails purported from European Central Bank with an attached virus-infected document describing financial risks to financial institutions.

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Posted on 04 June 2018


Types of Spam Email: Phishing - 04 Jun 2018

Types of Spam Email: Phishing

Phishing

Malicious actors are using the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup to conduct phishing attacks two weeks before the start of the game. Kaspersky Labs has detected a surge in the number of phishing pages that have appeared during game ticket sales, with a general rise in the number of spam email associated with soccer and the World Cup-themed attacks.

Scam emails from fraudsters provide recipients with a chance to snap tickets to 2018 FIFA World Cup. The recipient is attracted to seemingly legitimate emails, and it focuses on the global sporting Championships viewed by large audiences around the world.

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Posted on 04 June 2018


Types of Spam Email: Impersonation for money transfer - 28 May 2018

Types of Spam Email: Impersonation for money transfer

Impersonation

Jersey firms incurred £1m losses in a high number of sophisticated impersonation cyberattack recently. Hundreds of thousands pounds were been swindled from finance and legal firms in the last few day. Cyber-fraudsters impersonated as their business partners and sent false invoices or payment requests to the company executive. One of the firm has incurred a loss of 800,000 pounds after being conned and provided with fraudulent bank details for a property deal.

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Posted on 28 May 2018


Types of Spam Email: Phishing & Malware - 28 May 2018

Types of Spam Email: Phishing & Malware

Malware

Member of public were being warned to be cautious of a fake NSW Government “penalty notice” email scam. The email scam, which endeavour to deliver malware to victim's computer, appeared genuine like official letter from NSW Government’s Office of State Revenue. The malicious email notifies the victim to find an attached letter and document, which has also been sent to their residence. The fake notice in the email signature includes a link “revenue.nsw.gov.au” which direct user to open a malware infected .doc file.

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Posted on 28 May 2018


Types of Spam Email: Phishing & Malware - 21 May 2018

Types of Spam Email: Malware

Malware

The scammers impersonated as Telstra and sent phishing and malware email to Telstra customers. The email sent with subject "Your new Telstra Bill is ready to view". In the malicious email, the "view bill" automatically directs the victims to the fake domain "wiliamhyde.com.au" which will deliver malware to their computer. Another scam involves a “phishing page”, and directs the victim to a genuine login page, that collects login credentials and credit card details.

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Posted on 21 May 2018


Types of Spam Email: Malware - 21 May 2018

Types of Spam Email: Malware

Malware

Cybercriminals are continuously altering the way malware is being distributed. New malware calls Vega Stealer is aiming businesses in the marketing, advertising, public relations, retail and manufacturing sector.

The malware were being circulated via phishing emails with the subject "Online store developer required." The emails are sent to specific target domains such as "info@", "publicaffairs@" and "clientservice@". In the email, an attachment named "brief.doc" which consisted macros that will download Vega Stealer on the victim's pc.

The document runs a hidden PowerShell script that obtain the Vega Stealer installer from the attacker's server. Afterward, the installer saved on the victim's "Music" folder with the name "ljoyoxu.pkzipr", it will automatically install and start collecting specific database files that consist passwords.

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Posted on 21 May 2018


Types of Spam Email: Impersonation for money transfer - 14 May 2018

Types of Spam Email: Impersonation for money transfer

Impersonation Scam

The scammers has swindled an international commodity futures company out of RM4 million in an impersonated e-mail scam. The company received an email purporting to be from insurance company for the due payment, saying its bank account had been changed. The money was transfer to new bank account as it’s appeared authentic. The company only found that it had been defrauded after the insurance company demanded payment.

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Posted on 14 May 2018


Types of Spam Email: Impersonation - 14 May 2018

Types of Spam Email: Impersonation

Impersonation Scam

Tasmania Police has issue scam alert to members of the public to aware of the fake ATO email. In their Facebook page, police said that they had received a high number of reports from people who have been targeted by the scammers.

The scammers would impersonate as ATO to send email with quoting identity and case numbers to targeted recipients. The bottom of the email requested recipients click on the link to begin the “manual refund process” within four days. The form would request for personal information such as credit card numbers and limits, online banking details and personal address information

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Posted on 14 May 2018


Types of Spam Email: Phishing - 7 May 2018

Types of Spam Email: Phishing

POSB Phishing Scam

Reports of fake POSB phishing emails has been on the rise in Singapore in the past week. The sender would send an email claiming to be from POSB bank.

In the email, the scammers would said that Singapore banks has been under attack by hackers and request recipients to update their account with the link which mimicking the POSB Internet Banking login page. The fake login page will asks for recipient’s online banking details, login user names and passwords.

Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued the advisory to consumers on last Sunday following a warning from POSB Bank. In an advisory, MAS said that phishing attempts has been in a rising number in the past week.

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Posted on 7 May 2018


Types of Spam Email: Phishing - 30 Apr 2018

Types of Spam Email: Phishing

Phishing Scam

Phishing emails are appearing to be more legitimate. Reports of fake couriers phishing emails has been on the rise in Singapore recently. The sender would send an email claiming to be from DHL Express and signing off as Customer Service from DHL Group.

The email would prompt the recipients to download the attachment and provide information for the package to be delivered. A malicious code would then be downloaded onto the recipient's device, infecting it with malware. In more cases, the fake emails would request payment to be made for products which were bought online, before the goods can be delivered.

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Posted on 30 April 2018


Types of Spam Email: Phishing - 30 Apr 2018

Types of Spam Email: Phishing

Phishing Scam

Scammers are creating fake emails that look like they're from delivery service Hermes. The scam emails are posed as tracking emails for Hermes packages, with contain of dodgy links designed to steal recipient's data.

These malicious attachments usually have a password-stealing component, targeting to steal recipients bank, PayPal or other financial details. The dodgy files include "key loggers", which track everything the recipients’ type on their computer.

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Posted on 30 April 2018


Types of Spam Email: Malware - 19 Apr 2018

Types of Spam Email: Malware

Malware Scam

Hackers appear to be targeting firms in the promotional products industry with a malware virus that has the ability to disrupt and paralyze companies’ computer networks, email and phone systems.

The virus comes in an email that can pretend to be from a customer. In an example shared by one of the company, the email asks the recipient to click on a link to complete a form related to shipping information. Clicking the link, which can come in a PDF, launches the virus. It spreads very rapidly throughout the computers and servers

The virus could also lurk in the “system recovery directory” in a similarly formatted file. A third place the infection could be hiding is in the “net defender” folder, which can be reached by going to the “C-Drive,” selecting current user, then going to the app data folder, followed by the roaming folder, and then into net defender. A file with the ending “tttvc.exe” is one of the file types the virus generates.

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Posted on 19 April 2018


Types of Spam Email: Phishing - 17 Apr 2018

Types of Spam Email: Phishing Email Scam

Phishing Scam

The amount of spam email received over the years has been steadily increasing. Phishing emails are the most common spam emails in the recent years. Some example of the most common phishing emails are, informing recipients that they are selected in a draw or have won air tickets/shopping vouchers. Afterwards, they were coaxed to proceed and enter their personal data.

Spam emails imitating banks are being sent to corporate domain emails are also surfacing despite the installations of the firewall. Even with the installation of antivirus and firewall; spam emails or emails that are not legitimate can still be received.

SA Phishing Scam
Source: Hype Malaysia

Just recently in April 2018, Singapore Airlines has also send out emails to warn Singapore Airlines Krisflyers members regarding phishing emails that claim to be from Singapore Airlines, which inform recipients that they have been selected for a draw or have won air tickets, and then proceed to request their personal data.

Attached is an advisory post made in 2017 by Singapore Airlines in their facebook page.


Source: Singapore Airlines Facebook Page

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Posted on 17 April 2018


Types of Spam Email: Malware - 5 Mar 2018

Types of Spam Email: Malware

Malware

Email scams with ebay logos was reported in Mar 2018, the scammer uses fake eBay logos and branding as well as an invoice notification to endeavour to get victims to click on the link.

The email would state “Thanks for using eBay! Here’s your invoice. We appreciate your business and thank you for choosing eBay. Your eBay invoice for the period from 22 January 2018 through 23 February 2018 is now available to view. eBay seller invoices are not available on mobile devices.’ Which then asks users to view invoice, the link then leads users to an archived file that contains the JavaScript Malware.

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Posted on 5 March 2018


Types of Spam Email: Impersonation for money transfer - 20 Feb 2018

Types of Spam Email: Impersonation for Money Transfer Email Scam

Impersonation

In last year, businesses in Singapore lost around $43 million due to e-mail impersonation scams, with one case alone accounting for $5.7 million as reported in the news. The fast-growing scam involves hackers impersonating company executives or business partners in spoofed e-mails which closely resemble genuine e-mail addresses.

In 2017, a total of 328 cases were recorded which hits the highest record in three years. In 2016, a total of 257 cases with a total of $25 million in funds were lost due to such scams. Hackers uses e-mails to dupe their victims, mostly businesses with frequent overseas dealings were being targeted. Scammers would alter e-mail and request for payment transaction to be made to their bank accounts.

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Posted on 20 February 2018


Types of Spam Email: Impersonation for money transfer - 22 Dec 2017

Types of Spam Email: Impersonation for Money Transfer Email Scam

Impersonation

In December 2017, the scammers swindled Japan Airlines Co.(JAL) out of ¥384 million (S$4.6 million) after receiving emails earlier last year that called for the payments of lease fees and commissions into bank accounts in Hong Kong.

In September, the airline received an email pretended to be from a U.S. financial services company that had been leasing aircraft to JAL. As requested by the email, JAL paid around ¥360 million into a bank account in Hong Kong for the three-month lease of an airplane, rather than a U.S. bank account that had been used for previous payments.

After having received an email in August that was pretend to be from a U.S logistics company to which JAL has outsourced the shipment of international cargo. They also made another payment of ¥24 million in commissions into a different Hong Kong account. JAL only found that it had been defrauded after the financial services firm demanded payment in October.

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Posted on 22 December 2017


Types of Spam Email: Viruses - 17 Sep 2017

Types of Spam Email: Viruses

IRAS Scam

In September, IRAS has reported email scams on IRAS tax refund which may contain a computer virus. The email sent to members of the public, asks recipients to download an attachment or click on a link to view their tax refunds.

These scams would asked recipients to transfer money for tax purposes to other bank accounts, making payment before an inheritance or estate of a deceased person is released. Providing bank account numbers for tax refund claims, cash rewards or to pay outstanding taxes and provide information such as personal particulars and passwords.

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Posted on 17 September 2017


Types of Spam Email: Spyware - 19 Jun 2017

Types of Spam Email: Spyware

Impersonation Credits: TrendMicro

In June, a case of a Malaysian bunker company was being cheated of $1.1m in spyware email scam. The scammers had apparently used spyware to infiltrate the victim's computer and spy on e-mail correspondence between the victim and his actual supplier in Singapore.

They then impersonate as the supplier to invoice the victim for payment into a bank account, which he duly paid up, ignoring the fact that it was different from the supplier's regular account. The bunker dealer only realised he had been cheated after the real supplier contacted him for payment.

Spyware is software that aims to gather information about a person or organization without their knowledge that may send such information to another entity without the user's consent, or that asserts control over a device without the user's knowledge.

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Posted on 19 June 2017


Types of Spam Email: Ransomware - 22 May 2017

Types of Spam Email: Ransomware

WannaCry Virus

The recent attack of WannaCry ransomware virus occurred in May 2017 in Asia has caused disruption on Asian government and businesses. The WannaCry worm affected 150 countries in Asia with up to hundreds of thousand computers being lockup. It has affected many industries such as hospital, education, corporate & government worldwide.

WannaCry is a ransomware worm which infect a Windows computer, it's encrypts file on Computer's hard drive, making them impossible for users to access, then demands a ransom payment in bitcoin in order to decrypt them.

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Posted on 22 May 2017


Types of Spam Email: Impersonation - 26 Apr 2017

Types of Spam Email: Impersonation

Impersonation

In a news release, SPF said that scammers impersonated Singapore Police force to cheat victims to pay their parking "fine" using credit card. The fake email sent by scammers, typically claim that the recipient needed to pay a parking fine and appear in court. It would also provide a link to a website to pay the "fine" via credit card.

SPF warns the members of public that the website do not belong to the Singapore Police Force (SPF), and the email was not disseminated by authorities.

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Posted on 26 April 2017


Types of Spam Email: Phishing - 26 Mar 2017

Types of Spam Email: Phishing

Impersonation

Singtel subscribers slam by phishing email in Mar 2017. Scammers imitate as Singtel and sending billing email to subscribers. The email sent with subject "Your Singtel bill is now available!” with a link attached for recipients to click on to download their bill. After clicking the link, a malware file will be downloaded onto the user's computer and facilitate the downloading of more malicious files.

Singtel spokesman said that these are phishing e-mails and are not from Singtel. They advise recipients of these e-mails to delete them immediately. The Singtel e-mail address could be forged by e-mail spoofing.

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Posted on 26 March 2017