Fake Email Warning : ISIS terrorist threat to Sydney comes in a legitimate looking email with malicious payload in attachment and/or link.

hackerFake Emails re ISIS threat
You are advised to be cautious about opening any emails you receive that refer to any ISIS threat.
New emails referring to ISIS terrorism activities carry a malicious attachment that can be used to infect your computer.

ACMA (“The Australian Communications and Media Authority”) is receiving a surge in reports of emails with the subject ‘ISIS attacks in Sydney?’. The emails request people to open an attached Word, RAR or other file by claiming the attachment includes an article naming the Sydney locations ISIS plans to attack in 2015.

Clicking on the attachment could result in malicious code being installed that allows an attacker to take control of your computer.

The email includes the contact details in an attempt to represent itself as a legitimate email. It is highly likely similar malicious emails are in circulation using references to high profile, terror-related events.

The full text of the malicious email is provided below:

Subject: ISIS attacks in sydney?
Body: ISIS has warned Australian Police today about new attacks in Sydney.
Attached the places in word file which ISIS planning to attack in Sydney this year 2015.
These terrorists have Australian Citizen why they attack us?
Read more in the detailed story in word file.
Please address any correspondence to:
[news address inserted here]
The switchboard number for [news] is:
[news phone number inserted here]
Telephone: [news phone number inserted here]
Email: [news email inserted here]

To stay safe, it is important that you do not click links in phishing emails or reply to the sender if you do not know them.
Source : Stay Smart Online , a Government initiative.

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