Spam

  • Halloween is often a time for executing tricks and scares and spam emails are no exception, as proven by this spam sample Trend Micro received recently. The message purports itself to be from the Navy Safety Center, bearing a .
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  • Major sporting events can always be counted on to grab the attention of the public. Trend Micro researchers came across spammed messages that use the upcoming boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez to entice users into opening the email message.
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  • Trend Micro researchers received samples of email messages that spoof CNN and claim to have an exclusive document from Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon. Written in Spanish, the messages claim that this document is proof that President Calderon received money from Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chavez, supposedly to be used in buying the Guajira Peninsula in Colombia.
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  • TrendLabs received a sample of another spam variant that leverages the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi. It claims to be from Ayesha al-Gadhafi, daughter of the former Libyan leader.
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  • With the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi comes a slew of socially-engineered spam taking advantage of this historical event. The first variant of the received spam claims to be a CNN newsletter in Spanish, advertising a link where the user supposedly could download the video of his death in full.
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  • A new spam run using Facebook's name is on the loose. It bears the subject Facebook Lottery Promotions and informs users their email address was selected for the supposed 'Facebook Lottery Promotion.
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  • Spammers are still out there taking advantage of Steve Jobs' demise. Trend Micro received a sample email message promoting a supposed charity fund for young and gifted programmers and web coders in honor of the late Apple co-founder.
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  • Trend Micro researchers found a wave of spam attacks which uses the name of Banco De Oro (BDO), one of the largest banks in the Philippines, as leverage. The message purports itself to be from a regional account officer of the bank, asking for the recipient's assistance regarding a large sum of money, specifically $10.
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  • More Apple-related spam comes in the form of another wave, this time offering the recipient a chance to procure a new iPhone 4s at absolutely no charge. This short message is followed by what appears to be a shortened URL.
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  • After Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' death was made known to the public on October 6, 2011, several spam samples made rounds, taking advantage of Jobs' death. These spammed messages may come in different forms and languages, but they all contain malicious links.
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