Spam

  • The death of a well-known celebrity or personality has always proven to be cybercriminal fodder, and Margaret Thatcher's passing, Great Britain's former Prime Minister, is no exception. Trendlabs engineers received samples of a Blackhole Exploit Kit spam campaign leveraging the event.
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  • The Catholic Church has received much attention amid the papal conclave and inauguration. Cybercriminals have used this to their advantage by using it as the subject for spammed messages.
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  • Cybercriminals prove that they are not above taking advantage of highly-trusted government agencies. We recently received a sample of a spam campaign targeting the US Federal Trade Commission, an independent agency of the US government.
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  • Optus, one of the largest telecommunication companies in Australia, along with the the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), have both become victims of a recent spam campaign. We received samples of the campaign's spammed emails that target the customers of both organizations, each one made to look as though they've been sent by the organizations themselves.
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  • Malware comes with this fake spammed email spoofing an official notification from TurboTax, a popular tax management software made by US-based financial and tax software company Intuit.  At first glance the e-mail looks like a legitimate notification, notifying that the user's personal tax return has been rejected and that they should open the attached archive for more details.
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  • The use of bogus invoices remains an effective social engineering tactic as seen in the continuous usage of such technique.Recently, we spotted a spammed message written in German language that purports as a notification.
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  • As creatures of habit, cybercriminals have become predictable when it comes to their social engineering tactics. They tend to leverage newsworthy items like calamities, celebrity news, and upcoming events.
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  • Spammed messages were found to spoof a security management notification from Automatic Data Processing, Inc.(ADP).
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  • With the holidays just around the corner, it is no surprise to see spammed messages that leveraged travel and hotel booking confirmation. TrendLabs engineers spotted an email message that purports to come from Booking.
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  • The US holiday Black Friday still is a social engineering lure that spammers use. Spammers using this holiday have peddled various products since 2010.
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