Telstra Cautions Subscribers about Hoax “MMS” E-mails
Telecommunications and Media Company, Telstra in Australia has issued an alert to Internet-users regarding fake e-mails, which posing as messages from firstname.lastname@example.org, is circulating online, thus published softpedia.com dated November 16, 2012.
Tweeting on Twitter.com, Telstra representatives wrote that it was an e-mail scam. Therefore, users mustn't click messages whose sender's id was given as email@example.com as they weren't from Telstra while there was phishing malware in them, reported softpedia.com.
And though security researchers couldn't really locate the e-mail's source, still seeing the address firstname.lastname@example.org, it may indicate that the scam possibly bears an association with the "MMS" malicious scheme, which lately targeted Vodafone subscribers.
Earlier during the 1st-week of November 2012, when spam mails touched its peak number within United Kingdom, security analysts stated that the hoax e-mails had been crafted for unleashing the Wauchos computer virus. It was possible that the spammers subsequently shifted their operations onto Australian Internauts while using Telstra's name in place of Vodafone, they remarked.
Moreover, for confirming the above, ESET's report indicates how Wauchos infections are now spreading in Australia along with New Zealand, making an estimated 14% of malicious program detections out of the entire lot.
Worryingly, it's because of the above kinds of malware-laced bulk electronic mail scams that there has been an increase in malware online, state the security analysts after examining the currently proliferating malicious e-mail campaign. This has the support of data that PandaLabs the security company published within their July-September report for the 3rd-quarter 2012 that shows how PC-Trojan type of malware was in prime notice, accounting for 55% of the total fresh e-threats.
Therefore, for remaining safe from the above kinds of malicious e-mails, security specialists urge Internauts not to view unsolicited e-mails. But suppose anyone does open one and become suspicious of its authenticity, it's advisable that he contact the firm immediately from whom the message apparently came (like Telstra in the current case) and make sure. Moreover, such electronic mails should also be forwarded to that organization so that it can issue an alert for the security of the maximum possible people from the scammers' trick.
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