Spam

  • 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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  • 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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