Spam

  • Fair warning to Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) customers using Bankline, RBS' Internet banking service. Our research show a recent spike in the number of spammed messages using RBS Bankline as subject and bait.
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  • On October 31, 2014 we observed spam mail that posed as an invoice notification and urge users to download a file from the link provided in the email. The downloaded file purported to be a .
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  • This health spam outbreak our engineers recently found features one of the most talked about disease today – the Ebola Virus. Exactly the same day when Texas Governor Rick Perry announced the formation of a 17-member task force in charge of the state’s readiness in dealing with the pandemic disease, spammers began to carry out spam campaigns alerting everyone about people being quarantined in Texas and how to stay safe including if Martial Law will be declared.
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  • Have you ever received an e-mail that says they’re getting back to you regarding something that you have talked about before? To make it even more convincing, the follow-up e-mail asks you to open an attached file for you to review regarding that 'subject'. Beware of these mails - this is a classic social engineering tactic designed to get you infected with malware.
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  • Health spam that purports to be a public health announcement from the Environmental Services Department Disease Prevention and Control is making its rounds. This particular spammed email says that an accredited study confirmed that a type of milk is linked to cancer.
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  • We recently received different spammed messages which all contain links leading to malware. The first message pretends to be a hotel confirmation message with a link to download their “electronic hotel reservation.
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  • Cybercriminals target anyone and everyone that they think will get them a huge payoff - and there's no bigger potential payoff than high-ranking professionals in LinkedIn, the social network centered around creating connections amongst such individuals. We recently discovered a scam targeting that very same demographic.
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  • We recently came across mail samples that appear to be a DocuSign Notification from AT&T. It informs recipients to download and sign a supposedly document via the provided link in the email message.
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  • We spotted an increase in salad spam. The spam run has an email body consisting of two to three sentences of excerpts from various articles online.
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  • Our engineers recently spotted an increase in commercial spam that used microsized salad words as a way to bypass spam filters. The spam came in different variants, advertising websites featuring different promotions, products and services (weight loss, grocery coupons, used cars, etc).
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