The biggest news flashes for the last 48 hours involve reports of the devastating earthquake that struck near the coast of Chile, along with the tsunami threat to the Pacific region. As the extent of the damage due to the disaster remains unclear, people are eager to seek more information about the quake from any means possible.
Symantec has observed spammers trying to capitalize on the disaster headlines by sending out virus attacks less than a day after the quake. Below is a sample message:
Subject: Terremoto no Chile
Subject: Earthquake in Chile
In this message, spammers are using earthquake-related subject lines to lure recipients to open the email, which includes snippets of earthquake news in the body of the message. An image of a collapsed building, purportedly a still image from a video embedded in the email,...