After the World Health Organization raised its global alert level on the spreading swine flu virus, Spammers quickly used this event for their spam campaigns. Early this morning, we have seen spam samples using Swine flu worldwide! or Swine flu outbreak! as their email subject. Spammers are using this social engineering technique because having the latest news as the mail’s subject greatly increases the chance that the recipient will open their spammed messages.
The spammed messages content is not about the swine flu virus but a short message that is related to meds spam with a link that directs you to an online store which sells penis enlargement pills.
The messages are already blocked by the Smart Protection Network. Users are advised to ignore simiar messages that may arrive in their inbox and opt to choose more reliable sources about swine flu. The pandemic has reportedly claimed 149 lives in Mexico, which is the epicenter of the outbreak, while more and more cases are being reported from other parts of the globe.
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