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Scam Alert! Aug 2018

Posted by Maddie McKechnie on 1 August 2018

The latest phishing attack has made its way to the Loyal I.T. helpdesk today - with a cleverly disguised PDF attachment that asks for your email credentials.

You may have email correspondence back-and-forth with a potential client or customer that on the surface appears legitimate, but quickly goes sour once they attach a PDF document they say is related to their query, or is confirmation of their purchase.

This PDF may also appear legitimate - with a warning inside that says it has to be viewed in Adobe Reader (see left image below). If you click on this warning, you are then taken to a website that asks you to login with your email credentials in order to view the document (see right image below). These email credentials are then sent straight to the attacker, who now has full access to your email account - as well as any accounts that use those same credentials.

Phishing attempts put your business at risk, as attackers gain access to your email accounts and can send fraudulent correspondence on your behalf. This can include false bank details, theft of data, or correspondence that may damage the reputation of your business.

If you think your password has been compromised, please do not hesitate to give our office a call on 02 4337 0700.

 

Author: Maddie McKechnie
Tags: Misc IT Networking Security

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