Don’t be an April Fool – Watch out for business email compromise!

Don’t be an April Fool – Watch out for business email compromise!

Don’t be an April Fool – Watch out for business email compromise!

We have seen an increasing number of reports for business email compromise affecting organisations, so we are calling on everyone not to be an April fool!

“Business email compromise” is a where a hacker gains access to a corporate email account by pretending to be a figure such as a business owner, manager or other decision maker to defraud the organisations or its employees, customers or suppliers of money.

Whilst these scams targeted businesses working with suppliers and businesses that regularly make electronic payments in the past, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations are no longer immune.

We are aware of several cases where a business owner was compromised through a fake email which included a link to download a file from SharePoint or Google Drive location.

Business email compromise - Example of fake Microsoft Office 365 email
Business email compromise – Example of fake Microsoft Office 365 email

In order to download the file, the owner was required to login to what appeared to be a genuine Microsoft or Google sign in page, but was actually fake. Once the account details were entered they were saved and sent to the hacker.

The hacker then used these details to log in and review the contents of the business owner’s email, often accessing their email or address book, to identify contacts from their business, and use their email to send a compromised email to either the accounts department or the business’s clients.

Business email compromise - Example of fake Energy Australia invoice
Business email compromise – Example of fake Energy Australia invoice

 

Business email compromise - Example of fake ASIC invoice
Business email compromise – Example of fake ASIC invoice

The emails sent to accounts and/or clients contain a fictious invoice requesting payment or another fake link to a Microsoft or Google login page as well, then both the CEO and accounts have been compromised.

In some cases, once the scammer had control of the email account used they set up rules to forward incoming email to an external email address of the hacker, automatically delete all email coming the inbox and remove the contents of the current inbox altogether so the account holder was unaware the new email had ever been received.

To protect yourself from such scams, we strongly suggest reviewing your protection strategies including staff education and training before you are compromised. If you receive an email from someone and are required to login to access a document or invoice and you weren’t expecting it, call the sender to confirm it is legitimate. It is important to quickly get onto it.

CyberGuru provides a range of services including consulting, support and training to protect against cyber threats such as these. If we can be of assistance, please contact us.

CyberGuru talks cyber safety at Seniors Safety Forum

CyberGuru talks cyber safety at Seniors Safety Forum

CyberGuru talks cyber safety at Seniors Safety Forum

Last Friday 17 August, Chris Jeffery, Chief Guru of CyberGuru presented to over 80 senior citizens of the Brisbane’s northside community on Cyber Safety, including both phone and internet scams at the Seniors Safety Forum.

The Seniors Safety Forum, the third of which Chris has presented, is an annual event held in the local area and hosted by Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Member for Sandgate and Councillor Jared Cassidy, Councillor for Deagon Ward, as part of Queensland Seniors Week.

In his session, Chris discussed a range of phone scams, including charity scams and the more recent NBN scams. He also addressed spamming and phishing, as well as tips for online shopping, passwords, internet security software, backups and more.

CyberGuru joined alongside other local organisations, including Council for the Ageing, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Police Service, All About Living Sandgate, Home Assist Secure Sandgate, iHear to discuss safety in the home and in the community in the joint forum.

Chris fielded a range of questions from the audience after the session and provided copies of The Little Black Book of Scams to all who visited his display.

We thank Stirling and Jared for having us. If you would like any information on cyber safety, or presenting at an event which you feel would benefit, please contact us.

If would like any information about Seniors Safety Forum or other upcoming events as part of Queensland Seniors Week, please visit the Queensland Seniors Week website.

CyberGuru presenting at the Seniors Safety Forum

CyberGuru presenting at the Seniors Safety Forum

CyberGuru presenting at the Seniors Safety Forum

Calling all seniors! Chris Jeffery of CyberGuru has been invited to speak at the Seniors Safety Forum at Sandgate on Friday 17 August at 1:00pm.

As this is the first year he will have access to a projector, Chris will be able to show examples of spam and phishing emails and demonstrate what to look for when determining if an email is legitimate.

The forum is hosted by Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Member for Sandgate and Cr Jared Cassidy, Councillor for Deagon Ward as part of National Seniors Week.

Seniors Safety Forum 2018 Flyer

For more information and to register please visit the Queensland Seniors Week website or call 07 3639 9100 (Stirling Hinchcliffe MP) or 07 3667 6011 (Cr Jared Cassidy).

Looking forward to seeing you there!