It’s not surprising to see scammers exploiting the laxity of Internet users.
Symantec has observed another malware wave over the past few days following the holiday season. Many users check their utility and other official emails post-vacation to see if they missed out important messages. This is where spammers take a chance and hope that users will click on malicious links in their emails.
In this latest wave of attacks, spammers are taking advantage of users’ desire to open and respond to urgent emails right away. When this happens, the malware infects users’ computers and extracts confidential data.
Last week, I too, received some of these scam emails posing as delivery failure notifications from well-known stores with an online presence, stating that I missed the delivery of a couple of parcels while I was away on vacation.
At first, I wondered how this was possible since I hadn’t placed any orders, and wondered if they might be surprise gifts....