Virginia: Vodafone warns of ‘virus threat’
Virginias tourism industry has seen a rise in cyber-attacks, with a number of companies saying they have been targeted with phishing emails.
In a message sent to its customers, Vodacom said it had received an email claiming to be from a Vodax email account, and asked customers to “close this message immediately”.
It added that Vodaports security team was “working to prevent this from happening again.”
“This is a scam,” it added.
Vodal is Vodacoin’s cryptocurrency, a distributed peer-to-peer digital currency, that was launched last year.
Its network has been attacked over the past year, causing its platform to crash.
Virginias travel restrictions Vodakom said its customers had reported a rise of phishing attacks, with at least three incidents occurring in the last two weeks.
One incident claimed the victim’s credit card number, and another claimed the identity of the person who sent the message.
Voda was hit by a phishing attack in November, and said in January that it had “detected and blocked more than 500” phishing attempts.
“Vodax is not the only company experiencing this kind of activity,” the company said in a statement.
“In addition, we have been receiving several reports of cyberattacks on the company’s Vodacon platform.”
Virginias internet security firm Cyber Security Response said it also received a phish email on Wednesday that was “spoofed” by a spoofed Vodavault email address.
The email contained a link to an application called Vodex, which allows users to share documents with their friends and family.
Cyber Security Services said it was “aware of multiple Vodashops attacks in the Virginias area” and that Voda had “been the victim of more than one”.
It urged Virginias customers to immediately close any suspicious email accounts they may have.
Cybersecurity Response’s Chief Operating Officer Praveen Kumar said the company was “actively investigating” all the phishing claims it received, and was “very concerned about any further attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in the Vodazooki system.”
Virginia has strict rules about what kind of travel is allowed, and the state’s chief tourism officer has said that it is not safe for tourists to travel on public transport.
Virginities tourism revenue is expected to grow by 9.6 per cent to US$8.5 billion this year.