Spam

  • Spammed messages purporting to come from Paypal and American Express Bank are found in the wild. The spoofed Paypal notification claims that the recipient’s payment is already received.
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  • Phishers target Mastercard users in Japan by sending spammed email that instructs recipients to update their Mastercard accounts online. The message informs users that Mastercard supposedly updated their online system for security purposes.
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  • Trend Micro researchers received samples of what appears to be spammed mail tailored to take advantage of those hunting for jobs online. The spammed mail is made to look like a message from a customer service employee of careerbuilder.
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  • Trend Micro engineers spotted a spammed fake Facebook friend notification that leads to malware. The message uses URL cloaking technique, in which the URL redirects to a malicious website and downloads a malicious file to the system, which then exploits Adobe Acrobat.
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  • Trend Micro researchers spotted another spammed email messages purporting to be from popular social networking sites LinkedIn and MySpace. The mail from LinkedIn asks the users to click on a provided link in order to confirm their email address.
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  • Location-based social networking website Foursquare.is now being used as a lure for spam attacks.
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  • Just as the 2012 London Olympics draws near, so do cybercriminals continue to exploit it for their social engineering attacks. This spammed email, discovered by Trend Micro researchers, is no different, claiming to be from the official London Olympics organization.
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  • Trend Micro researchers spotted spammed mail claiming to be from the Brazilian branch of Unilever, a British-Dutch multinational consumer goods company originally based in the United Kingdom. The body of the message (written in Portuguese) informs the reader in that the company has sent a copy of a document pertaining to contractual procedures for the user's benefit and perusal, and that the document itself could be downloaded by clicking on the provided hyperlink.
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  • Like any other holiday, Easter did not pass without cybercriminals attempting to exploit the occasion for their malicious operations. Cybercriminals have taken to spam to advertise Justhookup, a dating site, while mentioning Easter in the email subject.
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  • Trend Micro researchers intercepted spammed messages disguised as email from US Airways, a major airline service. The email informs the recipient of their flight schedule and gives them instructions on how to proceed to their appointed gate.
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