Spam

  • There is no doubt about Facebook's popularity. In fact, spammers continue to use the social networking site in their malicious tactics.
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  • Samples of spam messages using the Super Bowl were found to spread a malicious link. Super Bowl, the biggest event of the National Football League (NFL), is naturally a target of spammers, specifically as a social engineering technique to lure users.
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  • Social engineering is what brings about this new spam message as it arrives just on the first day of February, presenting prospective recipients an attractive offer for ordering flowers online in this time of the year. Upon clicking the link in the message body, however, recipients are redirected to a site that is no longer available.
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  • This latest spam sample comes with a link that tries to encourages the recipient to click the embedded link. Doing so would supposedly provide information about a girl who wants to get married and on what posters are saying about her in a forum.
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  • From: gina@gmail.comThe Email Reputation Services (ERS) team has found interesting spam samples attached with an executable file.
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  • Plain text mail samples have recently been found with the subject title 'Windows XP SP3 Critical Update.' Posing as a critical update from Microsoft, the spam sample also comes with an attached executable file that claims to be the update patch and bug fixes for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and 3.
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  • Link spam makes its return with this most recent sample that tries to lure unsuspecting users into clicking a malicious link by exploiting the worldwide event known as International Women's Day, a global celebration of women, as well as respect and appreciation for their economic, political and social achievements. The official date of the event is held on the 8th of March, making this spam more than a few months off at the time of discovery.
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  • Another round of image spam selling medical items such as Viagra and Cialis has recently been making the rounds in users' inboxes. The image spam comes with a short greeting and salad word quotes in its body.
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  • In December 2010, there was a noticeable dip in the volume of spam sent. This was attributed to two possible causes: the decline in spam-sending activity of Rustock botnet and the Spamit takedown last October.
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  • Phishing mails are commonly used by spammers to collect sensitive information from its recipients. A phishing mail was recently spotted involving American Online (AOL) with the subject 'Your Final Warning From AOL.
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