• With just a month away from the US elections, cybercriminals are already leveraging this event through a spam run. TrendLabs AntiSpam reseacrh engineers spotted a phishing campaign that purports to come from CNN and takes advantage of the US presidential election.
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  • Important notifications such as security updates tend to be critical for end users to protect their systems from threats. Ironically, cybercriminals are leveraging these types of notifications to trick users into thinking that the email message is legitimate.
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  • Cybercriminals are known to take advantage of sporting events like the London Olympics 2012 for their malicious activities. Some of the attacks that leveraged this event include fake live streaming websites, fraudulent sites that sell bogus tickets, and malicious Olympics-related app hosted in a fake Google Play store.
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  • Websites offering money-saving coupons and promos for online users are prevalent. As such, cybercriminals take advantage of this as seen in the spam run that spoofed Groupon.
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  • Black Hole exploit kit spammers are turning to Friendster users as discovered in a spam campaign. The spammed message disguises itself as a Friendster reminder about the recipient's account password.
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  • This spammed message aims to get email credentials. Using World Bank as bait, the message body states that the recipients are entitled to some form of payment from the institution.
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  • Spammed messages typically purport to come from banks and financial institutions to lure users into divulging their credentials and personal information. Trend Micro researchers spotted spammed messages pretending to come from United Coconut Planter’s Bank (UCPB).
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  • Philippine online banking customers of local bank UnionBank are being targeted by a new wave of spammed messages. The spammed message, pictured above, informs the recipient to upgrade access via a link provided in the email.
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  • Cybercriminals behind the black hole exploit campaign are leveraging Xanga, a blogging platform. Trend Micro researchers spotted spammed messages purporting to come from Xanga.
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  • Craigslist has become one of the more popular sites to advertise nearly every service or product. Trend Micro researchers recently received messages which use Craigslist to distribute spammed messages about posting ads for various jobs, services, and sales.
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