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PROJECT: EMAIL INTERCEPT SCAMS ON THE RISE

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Increasingly more businesses are falling victim to the “man in the middle” email intercept attacks that have been on the rise over the past few years.

 

EMAIL INTERCEPTION:

• Email interception is not only a simple matter of someone gaining access to your email login details, and then using your email account to contact someone else, it is far more complex.


• Think of email interception as having a one-on-one conversation with someone employing a third party to do the actual speaking whilst parties 1 and 2 write down what message party 3 should deliver to the other party.


• This sounds like a game we used to play as children, the only difference is that in these instances, party 3 is a criminal with malicious plans of delivering his own version of the message to the other two parties.


HOW IS EMAIL INTERCEPTION SET UP?

• Access to your email domain is gained by means of a phishing scam and/or manipulation tactics. The email interception is then set up to allow the party with malicious intent to monitor all incoming and outgoing email communication on the account.


• From that point onward the person will monitor a conversation of interest and insert himself into the conversation at exactly the right time to either gain access to private information or to manipulate the conversation for financial gain.


• The danger is that you as the user will remain unaware of the fact that you are no longer speaking to the party you initiated the conversation with, and that that party is no longer speaking to you.


THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLE IS A CURRENT CASE THAT WE ARE USING FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES:

• Business 1 delivered a service to Business 2 and subsequently sent Business 2 an invoice for services rendered but the email containing the invoice was intercepted by John.


• John proceeded to manipulate the invoice and changed the banking information on the invoice.


• John also proceeded to add a line of text to the original email wherein he requested Business 2 to use the new banking details for all future transactions.


• Business 2 found the email suspicious and replied to Business 1 asking if the banking details were, in fact, correct.


• The return email was intercepted by John who stopped the email from reaching Business 1.


• John then replied to Business 2 posing as Business 1 and sent a fake “proof of bank account ownership” letter to Business 2 along with clear instructions that the banking details were to be changed as requested.


• Business 2 accepted the information and (unwittingly) made the payment to John instead of Business 1.


• A week later business 1 sent an email to Business 2 asking why the payment had not been made yet.


• John intercepted the email and responded to Business 1 - posing as Business 2.


• The email response to Business 1 allowed John enough time to empty the bank account that he had used to commit the fraud.


• Business 2 was also unaware of any complaints from Business 1 about the payment.


• Once John had confirmed that the bank account was emptied and his venture was successful, he ended the intercept, and it was only then that Business 1 and Business 2 realised that they had been defrauded.


 
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