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Cybersecurity
Mimecast reveals what email cybersecurity needs in 2022
When the first email was sent over 50 years ago, no one could have predicted how much we would end up relying on this technology or the threats that would come to be associated with it.
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Phishing
APAC orgs underprepared for cyber risks, study finds
New research has found that IT decision-makers are complacent about risks to the business from phishing and business email compromise, also known as CEO fraud.
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Cyber Criminal
Email fraud identified as top attack vector - Proofpoint
More than three quarters of ASX 200 companies are subjecting customers, partners and employees to higher risks of email fraud.
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Cybersecurity
'Bait attacks' become go-to method for cyber criminals
More than a third of global businesses are likely to be targeted by a ‘bait attack’ within a one month period, according to new research from Barracuda Networks.
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Phishing
Millions of email attacks missed by organisations’ cyber security protection
"While organisations have invested in protection against email threats, many of these attacks slip through gateways, landing in users inboxes."
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Malware
UK university targeted by one million malicious email attacks
The email messages included spam, malware and phishing attacks.
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Cloud
Malware and email scams targeting employees spread rapidly in Q2
"Businesses must stay alert and should employ defense-in-depth tactics and equip themselves with multilayered security mechanisms, including high-sensor spam filters and a VPN connection, which would prevent malicious pages from opening."
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Gmail
Cyber criminals turn to Gmail and AOL to advance attacks
“Securing oneself against this threat requires organisations to take protection matters into their own hands - this requires them to invest in sophisticated email security that leverages artificial intelligence to identify unusual senders and requests."
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Cybersecurity
Just 6,000 accounts responsible for over 100,000 email attacks - report
Barracuda has today released a report detailing how 6,170 malicious accounts that use Gmail, AOL, and other email services were responsible for more than 100,000 business email compromise (BEC) attacks on nearly 6,600 organisations. 
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Cybercrime
MailGuard intercepts sinister cybercrime emails notifying users of COVID-19 “relief payment”
Cyber criminals have sent out a series of malicious emails attempting to manipulate users suffering from financial turmoil and difficulties triggered by the COVID-19 crisis.
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Email Security
Email attacks up 667% following rise of COVID-19 worldwide
Of the COVID-19 related attacks detected by Barracuda Sentinel through March 23, 54% were scams, 34% were brand impersonation attacks, 11% were blackmail, and 1% are business email compromise.
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Scams
Vodafone warns customers as online scams increase due to COVID-19
Vodafone New Zealand is urging its customers to be more vigilant on digital channels.
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Cloud Security
Rising costs of email attacks concerning for organisations
Email attacks are having a major impact on businesses, with ever-evolving security concerns proving a challenge for IT security professionals.
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Phishing
PayPal phishing scam uses 'safety' features to trick people
These scams use safety features to steal victims’ confidential data, and are ‘brandjacking’ trusted names in the industry to conduct their attacks.
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Inland Revenue
IRD warning customers of new email scam over tax refunds
“We’ve received more than 900 reports over the weekend. It looks like the real thing but has some tell-tale mistakes that people can use to tell it’s a scam."
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Phishing
Lateral phishing: The latest in email account takeover
"One of the most striking aspects of this emerging attack is the scale of potential victims that the attackers target."
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Cybersecurity
Report: 80% of organisations faced email-borne attacks last year
Barracuda Networks found that 30% of respondents had fallen victim to a ransomware attack, with almost three quarters revealing the attacks had originated from email.
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Cybersecurity
Scammers targeting more countries in sextortion scam - ESET
The attacker in the email claims they have hacked the intended victim's device, and have recorded the person while watching pornographic content.
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Malware
Online attackers abusing Kiwis' generosity in wake of Chch tragedy
It doesn’t take some people long to abuse people’s kindness and generosity in a time of mourning.
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Malware
CERT NZ: Email extortion & scams hit Kiwis hard in the pocket
Despite ongoing efforts to raise awareness about online scams and fraud, New Zealanders are still losing staggering amounts of money.
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Phishing
Inland Revenue says watch out for tax refund scams
Inland Revenue is warning New Zealanders to be vigilant about any ‘tax refund’ emails they receive that appear to look genuine.
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Cloud
Apple Pay “brandjacked” in new phishing attack
Cybercriminals are mimicking well-known companies, “brandjacking” them in a bid to infect computer systems and to steal sensitive data.
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Scams
Scammers intercepting business emails in fake invoice scams
CERT NZ is warning New Zealand businesses to be aware of an upsurge in fake invoices, which are often intercepting genuine payments.
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Scams
Kiwis' scam losses hit $18.6m, eclipsing last year's figures
This year Kiwis have lost a staggering $18.6 million to scams, compared to $10.1 million for over the entirety of last year.