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Cyber Thieves Continue to Target New Zealand and Australian Banks

Cyber-criminals haven't yet stopped dispatching fake notifications designed for so duping online bankers having accounts with New Zealand and Australian financial institutions that they'll surrender their financial and other personal information, caution security researchers, thus published softpedia.com dated March 11, 2013.

Bearing the title "NetCode Security Notification!" or "NetCode Security Alert!" that varies as per which bank's clients are getting targeted, the electronic mails in question addressing the recipient as 'customer' tells that it was necessary to disable his NetCode Security as one additional stage of security, employed for re-checking if he and he alone is conducting the transactions. Consequently, it's suggested that the user clicks a given web-link for re-starting his NetCode Security facility, the e-mail ends.

Notably, this version of the e-mail, which millersmiles.co.uk identified, focuses on clients of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), whereas the Department of Internal Affairs of New Zealand has cautioned of similar malicious campaigns to customers of ABS Bank.

People who believe everything in the said e-mails as well as strike on the embedded web-links get led onto a website that has an exactly copied page from the logging in one of the attacked banking institution.

Stating that it has nothing to do with the currently spreading phishing scam, CBA posts online that it doesn't dispatch e-mails asking customers for validating, updating else revealing their sensitive banking details. So, incase anyone gets such an e-mail but doubts it as false, he's urged to forward it at hoax@cba.com.au.

One likewise alert got issued from ASB Bank also that posts that ASB won't ever dispatch any e-mail else telephone its customers directly to request confirmation of their PIN number, banking password else credit card information. Therefore, incase of any anxiety regarding an e-mail customers get apparently from the bank they can forward the same at the bank's phishing@asb.co.nz so the scam e-mail can be dealt with.

Ultimately, both CBA and ASB advise its clients for erasing the discussed electronic mails after performing the forwarding action. Nevertheless, if any client has already answered such a message with his sensitive details then he should telephone the bank's officials directly, they add.

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