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Russian Spammers Eye World Content Show

Created: 08 Feb 2012 17:17:38 GMT • Updated: 23 Jan 2014 18:17:31 GMT • Translations available: 日本語
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Thanks to Anand Muralidharan for their assistance with this research.

Televison channels across the world are set to be at the 14th International Exhibition and Forum, World Content Show, held Feb 7- 9, 2012, in Russia. The exhibition showcases the latest technologies and trends in the TV and telecommunication industry.

This techno-fair will be attended in large numbers by leading media businesses, and spammers don’t want to miss the opportunity to circulate spam around the event. In a bid to catch the reader’s attention, one such spam email reveals some appealing facts about the event, such as Interactive Elements, Prize Drawings, Performance of Popular Leader/Star, and Colorful Musical Concerts.

Here is an example of this Russian spam observed by Symantec:

Here are the subject lines observed in the Russian spam attack:

  • Subject: Российские и иностранные телеканалы на фес тивале World Content Show-2012
    Translated Subject: Russian and foreign channels on the Tiwal World Content Show-2012
  • Subject: World Content Show-2012