23 Nov

November 2016 – New Domain name email SCAM! – How do I protect myself from data breaches?

We’ve brought this edition to you mid month due to a new scam that has just started hitting email boxes in Australia today..

New scam: Domain Abuse Notice: from DomainCop.net

Today we received the first of many random domain name abuse emails targeting owners of domain names stating that your domain name has been blacklisted due to spam/spreading malware.

The Exact email reads (links and domain name have been removed):

Dear Domain Owner,

Our system has detected that your domain: is being used for spamming and spreading malware recently.
You can download the detailed abuse report of your domain along with date/time of incidents. (Click Here)

We have also provided detailed instruction on how to delist your domain from our blacklisting.

Please download the report immediately and take proper action within 24 hours otherwise your domain will be suspended permanently.

There is also possibility of legal action depend on severity and persistence of your abuse case.

Three Simple Steps:
1. Download your abuse report.
2. Check your domain abuse incidents along with date and time.
3. Take few simple steps for prevention and to avoid domain suspension.

(Click here to download your report)

Best Regards,
Domain Abuse Admin
DomainCop Inc.
Tel.: (139) 729-41-97

Please DO NOT click these links, this is a scam, and likely will infect your machine and your network.

Simply delete the email.

As this is a new Zero day scam, a lot of AV and spam filters are still not picking this up, so please be alert.

Security and Data Breaches

Over the last month, we’ve heard of even more data breaches.

The personal data of 550,000 blood donors that includes information about “at-risk sexual behaviour” has been leaked from the Red Cross Blood Service in what has been described as Australia’s largest security breach.

We all remember the headlines Ashley Madison had their userbase hacked in July 2015, but did you hear of the hack on the Adult Friend finder/Penthouse sites in October this year?

Surprisingly it didn’t made national headlines, but has exposed over 412Million user accounts and is being touted as the largest data breach EVER recorded surpassing the 2013 hack on myspace which ‘only’ exposed 359Million accounts!

So, what can we do to protect ourselves from data hacks?

Password security and different passwords for every site is the first thing, but I hear you..

‘ I cant remember all those passwords’.

It’s a problem, but companies like ‘lastpass’ ‘keePass’, ‘True Key’ etc are all offering secure password storage with two factor authentication meaning even if they get hacked your passwords are secure due to double encryption and you holding the only decryption key.

Until Next month REMAIN VIGILANT!