Spam

  • 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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  • The death of actor Robin Williams on August 12, 2014 came as a shock to people all over the world. The news of the actor's untimely death spread online like wildfire and quickly became a popular topic among netizens, including spammers and cybercriminals.
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  • Gmail users are the target of a spam attack that took advantage of several Google services. While the attack tries to pass off as a legitimate Google notification, a closer look reveals that this fake Gmail notice can lead to malware.
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  • Cybercriminals taking advantage of the popularity of certain legitimate applications is nothing new, and this spam attack that leverages Evernote's credibility and usefulness is but one of the many examples of why this is true. We found this particular sample that, while seemingly simply-written without even so much as a graphic similar to legitimate Evernote correspondence, sports malware as an attached archive.
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  • 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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