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Threat to your information security

Threat to your information security

By LIV Media

Securities Workplace 

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Businesses all across Australia are currently receiving thousands of emails per day attempting to infiltrate their systems and access sensitive information. These emails have innocuous subject lines such as:

  • Your invoice
  • Wire Transfer #150078#
  • Notice to appear in Court #0002567
  • Penalty Notice – ID:3456536
  • You have a new fax, document :00034345
  • You have received a tax refund payment
  • Shipment Delivery problem
  • Your E-ticket information
  • Unable to deliver your item

The email will contain an attachment and a message telling you the required documentation is contained in the attachment. Alternatively, it may contain a link to a site saying that the required documentation is at the site. The message contains or links to programs that can damage your computer and your business’s network.

If you receive a message with an attachment or a link, you should always look carefully at the sender’s name and address to make sure it is from someone you recognise. The message should refer to your full name and be personal, not a form letter.

Unfortunately, some people’s personal email accounts have also been hacked. During this time of heightened scam emails and links to malware, it’s best to not open any link or attachment you are not expecting, even if it’s from a source you recognise. It’s best to be safe and ensure that the sender did indeed pass on the link before you open it.

Beware of any messages from people you don’t know, or that include unexpected links or attachments. If you are suspicious of a message, contact your IT department.

Law firms and government organisations are particularly high profile targets, so be extra vigilant about the emails you receive to ensure you aren’t letting malware through. You should also be aware that coming up to tax return time, you may receive emails claiming to be from the ATO requesting personal information. This information may be used to generate a fake tax return to obtain a refund from the tax office that is paid to the scammer before you submit a real tax return.

There is also a fake ATO scam demanding money over the phone (see https://www.ato.gov.au/Media-centre/Media-releases/Protect-yourself-against-phone-scams/).

If you have any questions or concerns about an email you receive, please check it with your IT department.

For further information regarding this media release please contact the
LIV Media Department

T: 03 9607 9373
E: media@liv.asn.au


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