For years, whenever I needed a fresh sample of pharmaceutical scams, I always sampled the Web sites of major educational institutions, where a thriving ecosystem relying on compromised Web shells, continues to enjoy the high page ranks of the affected Web sites for blackhat SEO (search engine optimization) purposes. How are cybercriminals managing these campaigns? What type of tools and tactics do they use? In a cybercrime ecosystem that has logically migrated to Web-based platforms for a variety of reasons over the last couple of years, there are still those who’re keeping it old school, by releasing host-based DIY cybercrime-friendly […]
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Pharmaceutical scammers are currently mass mailing tens of thousands of fake emails, impersonating Google’s GMail in an attempt to trick its users into clicking on the links found in the spamvertised emails. Once users click on them, they’re automatically exposed to counterfeit pharmaceutical items, with the scammers behind the campaign attempting to capitalize on the ‘impulsive purchase’ type of social engineering tactic typical for this kind of campaign.
By Dancho Danchev Operating in the open since 2009, a bulletproof hosting provider continues offering services for white, grey, and black projects, as they like to describe them, and has been directly contributing to the epidemic growth of cybercrime to the present day through its cybercriminal-friendly services. From Traffic Distribution Systems (TDS), to doorways, pharmaceutical scams, spam domains and warez, the provider is also utilizing basic marketing concepts like, for instance, promotions through coupon codes in an attempt to attract more customers. More details:
Just how profitable is spam? Who’s buying the counterfeit pharmaceutical items advertised so heavily in a huge percentage of the spam campaigns currently circulating in the wild? According to a newly released report by the University of California at San Diego, although hundreds of thousands of people visit the fraudulent pharmaceutical scam sites, only a small percentage of them is actually purchasing the counterfeit pharmaceutical items. In this particular case, the United States leads with 72% of total purchases from fraudulent pharmaceutical sites. More details: