Posts Tagged: Harvested Emails


Segmented Russian “spam leads” offered for sale

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What is the Russian underground up to when it comes to ‘spear phishing’ attacks? How prevalent is the tactic among Russian cybercriminals? What “data acquisition tactics” do they rely on, and just how sophisticated are their “data mining” capabilities? Let’s find out by emphasizing on a recent underground market advertisement offering access to data which can greatly improve the click-through rate for a spear phishing campaign. The irony? It’s being pitched as “spam leads”. More details:

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A peek inside a managed spam service

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Just how easy is it to become a spammer in 2012? Too easy to be true. Especially in times when everything needed to become a spammer, starting for a managed spam appliance, DIY email harvesters, and millions of harvested emails, are available for sale within the cybercrime ecosystem. Despite the numerous botnet take downs we’ve seen in recent years, spam and phishing attacks continue plaguing millions of end and corporate users, potentially exposing them to malicious links, malicious payloads and fraudulent propositions. In this post, I’ll profile a Russian managed spam service that’s been in operation for 5 years, allowing […]

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Millions of harvested U.S government and U.S military email addresses offered for sale

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Remember the underground service offering millions of harvested emails for sale profiled at the Webroot Threat Blog in January? It appears  that cybercriminals are continuing to innovate in this underground market segment by offering geolocated databases of millions of harvested emails for better targeting in their upcoming spam campaigns. In this post, I’ll profile yet another cybercrime underground  service selling millions of harvested emails to potential cybercriminals.

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