Posts Tagged ‘virus’

Your package has arrived! – UPS Virus

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

A clever variation on the growing UPS deliver alert virus campaign is hitting harder each day. Emails arrive:

Subject:     Your package has arrived!
From:     UPS Shipments <>

The sending address is spoofed and not really from UPS.

The short but very efficient email notice continues: more »

You have notifications pending – Facebook Fraud

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Emails spoofing Facebook notifications are back in force.  Even though our filters stop them, many users assume they must be legitimate and will release them from quarantine, resending the original frauds to themselves.

Subject lines most commonly seen in this campaign are: more »

How To Take Advantage of the Economic Stimulus Plan

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been controversial since before its passage in February of 2009. Everyone seems to have an opinion on whether or not it’s a good idea; if it’s enough or not; or how it should be implemented.

Regardless of the relative merits of the idea, there are many ways of cashing in on the stimulus package and not all of them involve the government.

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Linked In Message – Virus

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Social networking spam and virus messages are currently second only to online pharmacy spam, with the latest campaigns spoofing Linked In notification emails.

Most are Arriving with subjects of either:

Subject:   LinkedIn Messages
Subject:   Join my network on LinkedIn

The body of the messages themselves are fairly accurate spoofs of actual LinkedIn communications, for example:

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Virus Emails Gone Wild

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Apparently the botnets in charge of spreading viruses have decided to go random and wild this week. In an attempt to evade filtering and confuse end user recipients, they’re spewing vast amounts of emails and using a shotgun approach of randomization.

Sending addresses are all random and spoofed and the emails themselves are short and cryptic. Subject lines tend to be short and simple and run the gamut, just a few examples (we’re seeing hundreds of variations):

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Your order has shipped – Virus/Malware

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Heavy volume over the last few days in spoofed Target shipping confirmation emails which arrive from completely random addresses, such as:

Subject:      Your order has shipped
From:     “Earnest Dickinson” <>

The spammers in the case have paid great attention to replicating legitimate Target emails:

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Welcome to Friendster – Virus/Malware in Disguise

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Watch out for well designed, but spoofed invitations from Friendster currently making the rounds through spam driven email campaigns.

The samples we’ve reviewed so far arrive as:

Subject:      Welcome to Friendster
From:     Friendster <>

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You’re Invited to Google Mail – Virus & Malware

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

We’re seeing quite the uptick in spoofed “Your Friend has invited you to open a Google mail account” emails lately.

The typical email comes with a subject line and From address such as:

Subject:      Edmond Fletcher has invited you to open a Google mail account
From:     “Edmond Fletcher” <>

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Review your annual Social Security statement – Virus

Friday, July 30th, 2010

The latest twist on virus/malware campaigns pretends to be an email from the Social Security Administration that supposedly contains a copy of your annual statement.

The email arrives with the headers:

Subject:      Review your annual Social Security statement
From:     “Social Security Administration” <>

Due to possible calculation errors, your annual Social Security statement may contain errors.

Open attached file to review your annual Social Security statement.

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Statement of Fees – Virus

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

This weeks most popular virus email variant attempts to use vague to it’s advantage.

Rather than trying to convince you that the emails is an official message from Ebay, Visa, Paypal, Chase or some other well known business, these messages are intentionally non-specific.

Subject lines refer only to some sort of “statement” like:

Subject:      Statement of Fees
Subject:      Statement of fees 2010

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