Posted on behalf of Dan Bleaken, Malware Data Analyst, Symantec Hosted Services
The Haiti earthquake happened at 21.53 GMT on Tues Jan 12. It wasn’t long before we saw something related in spam, about 24 hours in fact.
Spammers, almost without fail, produce spam campaigns containing text relating to virtually every major newsworthy event that is going on. And also plenty of events that are in the news, that are not particularly global or exciting or even interesting sometimes. The approaches that spammers frequently use when newsworthy events arise include:
1. Spammers may just continue to send the same old spam campaigns, Pharmaceuticals, fertility drugs, watches or whatever. But, if they include the latest news headlines in the subject or somewhere in the body, this works to grab the attention of the recipients and make it more likely they will open the spam and get drawn into whatever the...