Spam

  • One of the easiest ways for cybercriminals to lure users into their traps is to appeal to human curiosity. In the case of a recent dating spam sample, recipients are enticed to open the attached .
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  • Last March 11, 2011, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the city of Sendai.
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  • A new wave of spam samples was spotted, pretending to be a message from UNI-Trade Ltd., one of the largest trading companies in Ukraine.
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  • Spammers are now using IDN (Internationalized domain name) in spam URLs. IDNs are domain names or Web addresses that use non-English/non-ASCII characters.
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  • Social Engineering brings a new phishing attack, with a message supposedly from a Web administrator of an email service provider. The email tells the user that a virus has been detected on their system.
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  • Pharmaceutical spams are some of the many kinds of spam that may arrive at users' mailboxes. These messages may vary, such as offers of  miraculous cures to known incurable maladies or even medicine for erectile dysfunction.
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  • Trend Micro content security engineers at TrendLabs found a phishing email and site that targets clients of Dubai First, a leading consumer finance company in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The email is said to contain a notice to recipients, telling them that their accounts have been blocked due to a system error.
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  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) kicked off the tax season on January 4, 2011, and taxpayers from the US have until April 18 to file their tax refunds. During tax season, of course, spammers are once again on the look-out for targets that would fall for their tactics.
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  • Targeted spam runs are attacks destined for one specific organization or industry. Recently, TrendLabs received a large volume of targeted attacks from {BLOCKED}ts@nacha.
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  • TrendLabs received samples of stock spam, which have been dormant for about a year until now. The spammed message urges users to buy stocks since they won't supposedly lose their money.
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