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    While new threats are emerging that hit new avenues or targets like PoS systems and cryptocurrencies, old threats like phishing remains to be an effective means of gathering user data. A simple spam email that leverages holidays, online shopping, release of anticipated gadgets, and hot/current news items can redirect unsuspecting users to survey scams and phishing pages that ask for their credentials and personal identifiable information (PII). A very recent example of this is the attacks we saw leveraging the interest around the World ...

    Posted in Bad Sites, Malware, Spam |



    In the first half of the year, the spam volume increased by 60% compared to the data last 1H 2013.  We can attribute these to several factors:  the prevalence of DOWNAD and the steady boom of malware-related emails with spam-sending capabilities (such as MYTOB). Prevalent threats like UPATRE and ZeuS/ZBOT also employed spam as its infection vectors to deliver their payload. In our 2013 review of the spam landscape, we predicted that spam will still be used to distribute malware.  This remains ...

    Posted in Malware, Spam |



    We noted a while back that Apple-related scams tend to grow when rumors of new Apple devices are in the news. With the launch of the iPhone 6 expected sometime in September, we expected to see some scams tied to leaks surrounding the latest Apple product. As it turns out, that is exactly what happened. Some journalists covering Apple reported last week that they had received emails with a fake "the wait is over" announcement for the iPhone 6. We can ...

    Posted in Spam |



    DOWNAD , also known as Conficker  remains to be one of the top 3 malware that affects enterprises and small and medium businesses.  This is attributed to the fact that a number of companies are still using Windows XP, susceptible to this threat. It can infect an entire network via a malicious URL, spam email, and removable drives. It is known to exploit MS08-067 Server service vulnerability in order to execute arbitrary codes. In addition, DOWNAD has its own domain generation algorithm ...

    Posted in Malware, Spam |



    With online banking becoming routine for most users, it comes as no surprise that we are seeing more banking malware enter the threat landscape. In fact, 2013 saw almost a million new banking malware variants—double the volume of the previous year. The rise of banking malware continued into this year, with new malware and even new techniques. Just weeks after we came across banking malware that abuses a Window security feature, we have also spotted yet another banking malware. What makes ...

    Posted in Malware, Spam |


     

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