Contributor: Binny Kuriakose
The funding gap in US, which resulted in a shutdown of a large portion of the United States federal government, has started affecting economic growth in the country. Large portions of the federal workforce were required to work without immediate pay, while some were indefinitely furloughed.
Symantec recently uncovered spam campaigns, which started promptly following the shutdown announcement, targeting the affected victims. In the past, spammers tried to take advantage of the general gloom, but now they are directly targeting the raw financial state the sudden shutdown has left people in. This could probably be a last ditch effort to haul in more spoils before the US shutdown is lifted, especially in light of the senate’s deal, which is currently being made to end the shutdown.
This new wave of spam is designed to manipulate victims into applying for loans and inevitably disclose their...