ACMA flags fake email alert around ‘terror threat’

Fake email embedded with malicious Malware. Delete immediately, says ACMA

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has raised an alert involving a fake email from news.com.au with the subject line ‘ISIS attacks in Sydney?’

ACMA is warning this email is a fake and contains a malicious attachment that if opened, or clicked on may download and install Malware on a recipient’s computer.

This email encourages the recipient to open a ‘Word’ or ’.rar’ file attachment by claiming the document includes details of Sydney locations that are being targeted for ‘attacks.’

“If you receive an email from news.com.au with the same or similar title, it should be deleted immediately. Do not click on any attachment in the email,” the ACMA alert advises.

ACMA says it is “experiencing a surge in reports of emails with the subject ‘ISIS attacks in sydney?’ (sic). These emails encourage people to open an attached Word or RAR file by claiming the attachment includes an article naming the Sydney locations ISIS plans to attack in 2015."

Clicking on the attachment could result in malicious code being installed that allows an attacker to take control of a recipient’s computer. "The email includes the contact details of the prominent news.com.au website in an attempt to represent itself as a legitimate email.”

The authority says it is highly likely similar malicious emails are in circulation using references to high profile, terror-related events. Details about ACMA’s “Stay Smart” programs can be sourced at this web site.

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