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    We recently reported about a large spike of commercial spam that employed micro-sized salad words or random gibberish words found in the email body to bypass spam filters. The content of these messages varied from hair loss cures to car sales to retailer coupons. Most of the samples contained links to websites they themselves advertise. Aside from the tactic used, this particular spam run is notable because its two primary sources are hosting services providers and newly-registered domains that were not ...

    Posted in Spam |



    Legitimate services are often used by cybercriminals to try and make their attacks more convincing. Recently, I spotted attacks that used services and platforms like Google Drive and Dropbox in order to look less suspicious to unwary users. I received a spammed message like the one shown right below that supposedly came from Gmail itself. It warned me that someone logged into my account from an unknown device. However, all of the links in it pointed to a Google Drive URL: Figure 1. Sample spam email Even though the email ...

    Posted in Malware, Spam |



    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 |


     

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