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A spate of phishing scams hijacking brands such as Telstra, Spotify, Energy Australia and GoVia and government agencies including the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have swamped Australian inboxes during the past week. During the past few days a number of small to large phishing scams have been picked up and blocked by email filtering firm, MailGuard.

Nearly $28,000 has been stolen from Australians this year by scammers pretending to be the NBN in order to steal money and personal information. Scamwatch has already received 316 complaints this year related to scams impersonating the NBN, according to the ACCC. “Scammers are increasingly using trusted government brands like NBN to trick people into falling for scams," ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said. "Their goal is always to either get hold of your money or personal information.”

In the year 2016, Australian businesses have been hit with $589,000 in damages over the use of unlicensed software. “By using unlicensed software, businesses are compromising their cybersecurity policies and putting their customers data at risk. It can also result in financial losses for the business, as information can be intercepted and repurposed for others financial gain. Not to mention the impact to the reputation of the organisation, business and its employees during any legal proceedings.” BSA director of compliance programs, Gary Gan said.

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