Spam

  • Every occasion is an opportunity for cybercriminals to set up too-good-to-be-true schemes. Every Christmas, Mother's Day, even country-specific holidays have been taken advantage of.
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  • We're seeing a spike in spammed emails targeting various companies that contains the short message, I’m fine thanks, followed by a random name. Some may consider this particular spam as 'low threat' as it does not contain any malicious files and/or links.
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  • Subject: Australian Taxation Office - RefundTax season is one of the most used social engineering lure by cybercriminals. US Tax season, in particular, have been a favorite target of spammers in the past.
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  • News of the horrific tornado that hit Monroe, Oklahoma spread rapidly last Monday. So far, this natural calamity left with more than 50 casualties and destroyed neighborhoods in the area.
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  • The BlackHole Exploit Kit (BHEK) spam run has already assumed various disguises for the past months. It has taken the form of very convincing but fake bank notice, cable provider email update, social networking email, and courier notification among others.
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  • Online and mobile banking have become so popular with users that cybercriminals have begun using these as bait for their malicious spam emails. This spammed email pretends to be a notification from Chase, a consumer and commercial bank from the US.
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  • Hot on the heels of the spam campaign that took advantage of the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, another spam attack is discovered by Trendlabs, this time leveraging the Texas Fertilizer Plant explosion that occurred only a few days after the tragedy. Completely similar in its scheme to the previous spam campaign, the spammed mail sports a subject relevant to the event, and promises the reader a video of the explosion itself.
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  • Another Blackhole Exploit Kit spam campaign has been spotted to take advantage of the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. This particular spammed mail purports itself to be sent from US-based news agency CNN, with the body of the mail styled to resemble an urgent news notification coming from the said agency.
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  • The April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing was a tragedy that shook the world, but for cybercriminals, it's only another lure for their malicious activities. We recently discovered a spam campaign that takes advantage of the media buzz and social outrage about the event.
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  • Spammers often spoof online transactions when claiming victims. This spammed message copies an Air Canada booking notification, which asks the victim to download and print their purchased ticket.
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