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Origin Energy Malware Scam Strikes Australia


Energy giant, Origin Energy, has been struck for the 4rth time in 2 months by another flood of malware attacks. Police of NSW shared scam email that was brought to their attention by MailGuard, which is a company of email filtering.


If you are a customer of Origin Energy, you should check your online bill very carefully because it might be a fake one. News.com.au posted on July 19th, 2017, stating that malware-laden emails pretending to be from the Origin Energy are designed for tricking people into clicking a link, which then downloads the malicious software.

According to the police, the email with the address noreply@globalenergyfinance.com claims to be from the Origin Energy, is unregistered with the Origin. The link, on clicking, downloaded hostile software; and the Police of NSW have advised all recipients of the email to erase it immediately. The Origin also has tweeted an alert for warning customers about the scam.


If the sender has a suspicious email address, then it might be a scam. You will always have options of methods to pay your bills and can find many payment methods on the website of Origin. Origin always includes your customer number which can be checked in your bill/agreement set.


It was yet to be known that how many people were affected. The spokesman said that, "we're doing what we can to inform our customers and communities about how to spot fake bills, and what to do if they've received one."


The spokesman added that they are asking the customers for considering "when they last paid their account and to look closely at the sender, contact details and any links contained in the email." However, no personal data was compromised. He also advised everyone not to click those links; and remove the email as well as report it to Scamwatch service of ACCC.


Recipients were then being directed to a malware payload which is a form of JavaScript dropper which installed malicious files to the system of the user. That scam email came from a fake domain registered in China and was sent from servers in France.

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