Security Market Segment LS
Monday, 06 March 2017 12:27

Bogus ASIC email has a catch: Windows ransomware

By

An email that claims to be from ASIC is instead a repository for Windows ransomware that will be downloaded if the recipients click on a link within the missive, the e-mail security company MailGuard claims.

The company said the email had landed in people's inboxes this morning and was timed to catch people at the beginning of the working week. Later a MailGuard spokesperson informed iTWire that the ransomware in questioon was CryptoLocker.

The email purports to be from ASIC but is actually sent from a domain that was registered today in China.

The Australian government's coat of arms and ASIC logo are in the email which has a fake email signature attributed to "Max Morgan, Senior Executive Leader" at ASIC. MailGuard said no such employee appeared to exist at the commission.

Other warning signs were that the correspondence was general in nature, did not address recipients by name and the domain name, asic-gov-au.co, differed from the real ASIC domain: asic.gov.au.

asic ransomware

A screenshot of the bogus ASIS email. Courtesy: MailGuard

Those behind the scam ask people who longer need to have a business name registered to email bncancel@asic.gov.au, which is the real cancellation address provided by ASIC.

MailGuard says those who click on the link will open a malware downloader stored within a JavaScript file. This leads to ransomware being executed remotely, MailGuard claims.

iTWire has asked MailGuard whether it is aware of the name of the ransomware that it claims is being downloaded as a result of clicking on the link in this email.

Read 3927 times

Please join our community here and become a VIP.

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here
JOIN our iTWireTV our YouTube Community here
BACK TO LATEST NEWS here

GET READY FOR XCONF AUSTRALIA 2022

Thoughtworks presents XConf Australia, back in-person in three cities, bringing together people who care deeply about software and its impact on the world.

In its fifth year, XConf is our annual technology event created by technologists for technologists.

Participate in a robust agenda of talks as local thought leaders and Thoughtworks technologists share first-hand experiences and exchange new ways to empower teams, deliver quality software and drive innovation for responsible tech.

Explore how at Thoughtworks, we are making tech better, together.

Tickets are now available and all proceeds will be donated to Indigitek, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to create technology employment pathways for First Nations Peoples.


Click the button below to register and get your ticket for the Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane event

GET YOUR TICKET!

PROMOTE YOUR WEBINAR ON ITWIRE

It's all about Webinars.

Marketing budgets are now focused on Webinars combined with Lead Generation.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 3 to 4 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site itwire.com and prominent Newsletter promotion https://itwire.com/itwire-update.html and Promotional News & Editorial. Plus a video interview of the key speaker on iTWire TV https://www.youtube.com/c/iTWireTV/videos which will be used in Promotional Posts on the iTWire Home Page.

Now we are coming out of Lockdown iTWire will be focussed to assisting with your webinars and campaigns and assistance via part payments and extended terms, a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs. We can also create your adverts and written content plus coordinate your video interview.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you. Please click the button below.

MORE INFO HERE!

BACK TO HOME PAGE
Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous

WEBINARS ONLINE & ON-DEMAND

GUEST ARTICLES

VENDOR NEWS

Guest Opinion

Guest Interviews

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News

Comments