When we analyzed spam data from the past few years, we observed that holiday seasons spirit up malware spam campaigns using e-cards, video player downloads or ActiveX download attacks. We have found that greeting card or e-card spam are the most common. Due to this reason spammers are employing this technique in other spam campaigns.
When analyzing spam messages from the Symantec Probe Network, we came across an interesting phishing attack where spammers are misrepresenting e-card services.
In this unique phishing attack, a URL for the animated e-card is provided in the message. When the user clicks on this link, an animated video is played in a flash player. Surprisingly, the personal message section is invaded by a typical phishing message.
The greeting card message is shown in the image below: