• 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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  • A fake networking company has recently been making the rounds again by spamming users' inboxes with messages claiming to specialize in providing members with information on executives and professionals. The bogus company, 'Whos' Who Among Executives and Professionals,' claims to be the world's premier source for professional networking.
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  • A new batch of job-related spam mails were spotted last January 8, 2011. The samples contained the same old false promises of employment to different countries such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and the like.
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  • Just days after the new year started, spam samples were found that purportedly came from 'ESoft'. The mail guises itself as an online seller of popular computer software and has a logo that closely resembles that of eBay.
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