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Cyfirma: Singapore workplaces should expect a targeted cyber attack today

By Liu Hongzuo - on 22 Jun 2020, 12:55pm

Cyfirma: Singapore workplaces should expect a targeted cyber attack today

Image credit: Nahel Abdul Hadi, Unsplash.

Cyberthreats at work are rather common, but we usually learn about them after the fact - until now. We received a tip-off from Cyfirma, a threat intelligence and cybersecurity firm that claimed that there's a cyber attack happening today. It will affect up to 5 million individuals in small, medium, and large organisations based across six countries, which also includes Singapore.

According to the cybersecurity firm, the cyberattack campaign was planned for today (21 June 2020) onwards, with customised tricks specifically for local businesses. The hackers claimed that they have 8,000 contact details and are planning to start with phishing emails.

Cyfirma said that they managed to discover one of the email templates used by the hackers, where the misleading spoof pretends to be the local Ministry of Manpower offering additional Covid-19 payouts to businesses. Below is the retrieved email template, along with the English translation.

Member of Singapore Business Federation,

Thank you for your long-term support during the COVID19 circuit breaker. We understand the pain and torture you have suffered in the past two months, which has prevented you from conducting business.

In the past few months, we have announced many business-friendly programs supported by the Singapore government. In addition, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) of Singapore today announced a new financial plan that provides a one-time subsidy of S$750 per employee under the Work Support Plan (JSS).

Please register your company and don't forget to provide your company bank information so that we can transfer funds automatically.

Claim your financial support immediately

Thank you,

Ministry of Manpower [MOM] Singapore
MOM Service Center
1500 Bendemeer Road, Singapore 339946
Employment Pass Service Center
Binhe Road, 20 Upper Ring Road, #04-01/02, Singapore 058416

Once again, it's a phishing email that's not issued by whoever they claim to be, so please exercise caution if you receive something similar.

Source: Cyfirma