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Commercial Spam for Valentine’s Day


Social engineering is what brings about this new spam message as it arrives just on the first day of February, presenting prospective recipients an attractive offer for ordering flowers online in this time of the year. Upon clicking the link in the message body, however, recipients are redirected to a site that is no longer available.

Spammers used salad words in this latest Valentines commercial spam campaign in an attempt to bypass anti-spam filtering systems. The salad words are found at the bottom of the message and written in the same color as the background—a technique known as 'invisible ink'. The place where is the invisible ink is hidden is highlighted on the above image. Users are, again, reminded to stay vigilant against attacks fueled by social engineering.

SPAM BLOCKING DATE / TIME: 01 Feb 2011 10:00:00 PM GMT-8
TMASE INFO

  • ENGINE:6.5
  • PATTERN:7930

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