• The month of July this 2014 marks Amelia Earhart's 117th birthday. While her disappearance still remains a mystery, spammers found a way to pique users' interest in the American aviation pioneer by using her name in spammed emails.
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  • News about the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy had spread like wildfire through social media sites and broadcasting networks around the world. More than the lamentable death toll, the fact that the airliner was shot down by missiles also adds to the controvery surrounding the tragedy, with parties from the Ukraine and Russia being blamed for the act.
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  • The recent spam attacks using the variant of ZBOT/ZEUS malware called ZBERP involve spammed messages containing links which download a zip file containing ZBERP. The mails, pretending to be notifications from UPS, contain not only links for the malware but also an attachment disguised as a PDF file.
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  • After the reported takedown last month, Gameover ZeuS resurfaced once again as seen in spam campaigns that seem to be bank-related emails. These spam mails purport to come from legitimate companies like M&T bank and Natwest.
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  • With many financial institutions relying on online transactions and notifications, customers may not find it weird to receive mail purportedly coming from their banks or any other familiar financial institution. As such, spammers find it easy to lure customers by sending fake email messages with malicious files embedded in it.
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  • With the hype of the iPhone 6 increasing, cybercriminals scrambling to take advantage of it is already a forgone conclusion. This is the case here, as our engineers have found spam samples disguised as an official newsletter from Apple.
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  • Cybercriminals once more prove that they're not above taking advantage of a global event that helps establish camaraderie between nations - as our team of engineers have received spam samples that pretend to be promotional email from Neteller, an electronic money transfer company. The promotional email of course uses the 2014 World Cup as its lure, along with a chance to win up to US$60,000.
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  • Users may find e-mails coming from a known antivirus company nothing to be surprised about, but alarms should definitely start ringing when the antivirus company mailing you isn't the one you're subscribed to - and that their mails are festooned with links to websites peddling Viagra.Our team of engineers recently found a spam mail making the rounds, masking itself as a legit mail coming from CA Technologies.
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  • In a bid to get users to click, cybercriminals turn to your trusted persons. We have seen spammed messages with vCard attachments, electronic business cards that contain personal information of a person such as name, address, phone number, email address, website and even audio clips.
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  • We observed a spike in Federal tax emails spreading in the wild. The said spammed message purports to come from IRS.
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