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Dylan Morss | 23 Mar 2010 19:52:08 GMT

One can be both impressed and amused at how far image spammers will go in distorting their image payloads in an attempt to slip through spam filtering technologies. If the spammer somehow manages to slip spam through spam filters from time to time, it allows email users to see how badly mangled the images must become. The images are, for all practical purposes, illegible. Take, for instance, this example below:

Seriously, Mr. Spammer, thank you for trying so hard! Perhaps this piece of Internet debris finally arrived in your potential customer’s inbox; too bad it’s more noise than message. In fact, it’s completely useless.

What is that?
Pills what?
A URL, is it?

You really expect anyone to follow through with such bad presentation?

Take a look at the ironic subject line in this particular message:

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Eric Park | 11 Mar 2010 17:39:32 GMT

In February, spammers continued to use the news of the earthquake in Haiti and the recent earthquake in Chile as another vector to utilize. Scam and phishing messages accounted for 19 percent of all spam in February, which is 2 percentage points lower than in January, but nevertheless an elevated level.

In addition to spam tactics involving current events, this month’s report also highlights international threats. While spam is truly a global problem affecting all countries, the report showcases spam and phishing threats in four high growth, emerging countries often referred to as the “BRIC”: Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

For these discussions and much more, download the March 2010 Symantec State of Spam & Phishing Report [PDF], which highlights the following trends:

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Samir_Patil | 07 Nov 2009 06:45:21 GMT

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:


Message translation: