May 9 is Mothers’ Day for most countries all over the world. As a perfect gift on this particular holiday, spammers decided to honor mothers by spamming e-cards from supposedly legitimate greeting card companies to distribute their malicious wares. Figure 1 shows an email in HTML format using a template from Florists’ Transworld Delivery (FTD), a floral wire service. The sample in Figure 2 shows the usual short spam in plain text format with a URL that redirects the user to a malicious site.
Though the URLs in the spam are not accessible, users should remember that spammers will try just about anything to encourage people to purchase the products they advertise. If you receive an unsolicited commercial email such as the ones in this spam run, do not reply and think twice before you double-click.
More spam campaigns may be seen in the days to come but Trend Micro product users need not worry as they are protected by the Smart Protection Network™, which blocks spammed messages and access to malicious sites and domains via the email and Web reputation services and prevents the download of malicious files onto systems via the file reputation service.