Cybercriminals continue populating their botnets through the persistent spamvertising of tens of thousands of legitimately looking malicious emails, impersonating popular brands, in an attempt to trick socially engineered users into clicking on the malicious links found within the emails. We’ve recently intercepted an actively circulating spamvertised campaign which is impersonating HM’s Revenue & Customs Department and enticing users into clicking on the malware-serving links found in the emails. More details:
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Cybercriminals are currently mass mailing tens of thousands of malicious emails, supposedly including a photo attachment that’s been “Sent from an iPhone”. The social engineering driven spam campaign is, however, the latest attempt by a cybercriminal/group of cybercriminals that we’ve been monitor for a while, to attempt to trick gullible users into unknowingly joining the botnet operated by the malicious actor(s) behind the campaign.
Opportunistic 419 advance fee scammers are currently using CNN.com’s “Email This” feature to spamvertise Syrian Crysis themed emails, in an attempt to successfully bypass anti-spam filters. Ultimately tricking users into interacting with these fraudulent emails. The emails are just the tip of the iceberg in an ongoing attempt by multiple cybercrime gangs, looking to take advantage of the geopolitical situation (event-based social engineering attack) for fraudulent purposes, who continue spamming tens of thousands of emails impersonating internationally recognized agencies, on their way to socially engineer users into believing the legitimacy of these emails.
In a series of blog posts, we’ve been highlighting the ease, automation, and sophistication of today’s customer-ized managed spam ‘solutions’, setting up the foundations for a successful fraudulent or purely malicious spam campaign, like the ones we intercept and protect against on a daily basis. From bulletproof spam-friendly SMTP servers, to segmented harvested databases for any given country internationally, managed spamming appliances, to segmented databases of APT-friendly (advanced persistent threat) emails belonging to the U.S government/military, for years, the cybercriminals operating these managed services have been directly contributing to the epidemic dissemination of fraudulent/malicious emails internationally. We’ve recently spotted a Russian […]
LinkedIn users, watch what you click on! Over the past 24 hours, cybercriminals have launched yet another massive spam campaign, impersonating LinkedIn, in an attempt to trick its users into clicking on the malicious links found in the bogus “Invitation Notification” themed emails. Once they click on the links, users are automatically exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit Kit. More details:
Over the past 24 hours, cybercriminals launched two consecutive massive email campaigns, impersonating Intui Payroll’s Direct Deposit Service system, in an attempt to trick end and corporate users into clicking on the malicious links found in the mails. Upon clicking on any of links found in the emails, users are exposed to the client-side exploits served by the latest version of the Black Hole exploit kit. More details:
Certified public accountants, beware what you click on! Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of emails impersonating AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) in an attempt to trick users into clicking on the client-side exploits and malware serving links found in the emails. More details:
Not fearing prosecution, cybercriminals regularly impersonate law enforcement online in an attempt to socially engineer end users and corporate users into interacting with their malicious campaigns. From 419 scams, police ransomware, to law enforcement themed malware-serving email campaigns, cybercriminals continue abusing the international branches of various law enforcement agencies. In this post, I’ll profile a currently spamvertised malware-serving campaign, indicating that the user has “violated red light traffic signal” and that he should download the fake camera recording of his vehicle attached to the email. More details:
Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of emails impersonating the popular Craigslist site, in an attempt to trick users into clicking on client-side exploits and malware serving URLs courtesy of the Black Hole exploit kit. More details:
Globetrotters, beware of these malicious emails! Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of emails impersonating Booking.com, in an attempt to trick end and corporate users into downloading and executing the malicious archive attached to the emails. More details: