The terrible news of a Tokyo man going on a stabbing spree is now making the rounds in spam, PandaLabs first reported. Samples of the spam were seen a mere couple of days after the incident transpired, where 17 people were reported killed by stab wounds in just three minutes after first being run down by a truck by a 25-year-old man.
Interestingly, the spammed email message (shown above) is in Spanish/Latin American language. It looks like a notice from RPP, or Radio Programas del Peru. Trend Micro threat researchers think that it could have worked to spammers’ favor had it been in Japanese. Then again, Peru has a Japanese community, and one of their last presidents was of Japanese descent — so it actually makes sense for it to be directed at Peruvian or Latin American Internet users.
The message is believed fashioned for Spanish users because the description of the event indicates “Spanish mainland time zone,” according to threat researcher David Sancho. The intended recipients could have been from Spain indeed. “It could also mean that the text was ripped from a news story from Spain.”
The video grab contained in the message is meant to get users to view a clip, but it actually downloads malware.
Trend Micro is still looking further into this case. More details will be posted as they become available.