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EnergyAustralia gets dragged into phishing scam

Chris Player | June 23, 2017
Second Aussie energy provider impersonated by cyber criminals in malware campaign this year.

One of EnergyAustralia’s competitors, Origin Energy has felt the sting of circumstantial association, with phishing attacks after two campaigns using the company’s name and branding hit in May and then in June.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently released its Scamwatch findings which showed more than 15,000 reports had been filed in the past six months, with over $615,000 lost from more than 2,300 reported incidents.

Targeting mainly Queensland ($200,000 lost), Victoria ($197,000 lost) and New South Wales ($147,000 lost), individuals over the age of 55 suffered most, losing more than $380,000 since January.

Cyber criminals struck predominantly through mobile phones, email and internet, accounting for losses of $255,000, $190,000 and $114,000 respectively.

 

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