Myonlinesecurity.co.uk are reporting seeing a bitcoin phishing scam campaign this morning hosted on Microsoft Azure/windows.net. The emails pretend to come from your own email address and are addressed to the same email address.
Several other researchers have noticed an increase in phishing emails saying that you need to upload photo ID to Banks, Paypal, Bitcoin, in fact almost anything that can be phished. While there are some companies that insist on copies of photo ID, in general you should never need to upload any sort of documents or identity proof in response to an email.
All of these emails use Social engineering tricks to persuade you to open the attachments that come with the email. Whether it is a message saying “look at this picture of me I took last night” and it appears to come from a friend or is more targeted at somebody who regularly is likely to receive PDF attachments or Word .doc attachments or any other common file that you use every day.
Or whether it is a straight forward attempt, like this one, to steal your personal, bank, credit card or email and social networking log in details. Be very careful when unzipping them and make sure you have “show known file extensions enabled“, And then look carefully at the unzipped file. If it says .EXE then it is a problem and should not be run or opened.
Employees need to be constantly aware of new techniques being used by attackers. New-school security awareness training with simulated phishing tests can make your employees far more likely to resist real phishing attacks, because they’ll know what to watch out for and they’ll be expecting to be targeted.
With thanks to the Cyber Defence Alliance and Myonlinesecurity.co.uk. The full story is here: https://myonlinesecurity.co.uk/bitcoin-verify-your-identity-phishing-scam-hosted-on-microsoft-azure-hosting/
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