Recently our CTO, Raimund Genes, talked about how spam was still a problem today, even if users “know not to click on them”:
Let’s talk about what spam is, why it’s still a problem today, and what Trend Micro is doing to help solve this threat.
Spam is what we call unsolicited e-mail message sent in bulk. They come in different types, namely:
- Adult/Sexual: Pornographic content, sexual enhancers, online dating
- Commercial: Selling products/services, web hosting, OEM
- Education/Degree: Online degree offers
- Financial: Bank loans, financial counseling, mortgage/debt reduction, credit card offers
- Health: Online pharmacy, herbal, drugs
- Others: Malware-related, phishing messages, racial
- Scam: Lottery, money mules, job offers
- Spiritual: Religious
- Stock: Stock promotion, pump and dump campaigns
Some of these e-mail messages are just meant to advertise their wares by flooding users’ inboxes. However, some of them can also cause real problems for their recipients. Some spammed messages are used for phishing attacks and spreading malware, which allows the attacker to collect sensitive information (such as bank accounts, credit card numbers, passwords) or even use the infected system for their crimes.