Letters from the FBI – The Spam Omelette #49

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Week in Review: October 28 – November 04

Spam Omelette 49

1. Pirated SOFTWARE selling on

The word SOFTWARE ranks first
in this week’s issue of the Spam Omelette and has been detected in messages
advertising cheap OEM software (applications that only accompany certain
computer hardware  components.  Selling OEM software as a standalone product
is enough of a crime to break the EULA, but a closer look on the website
reveals that these products are not even OEM software – they are “cracked”,
pirated copies of popular software.

software spam

2. Spoofed WebMD newsletters back in
the game

WebMD is one of the legitimate brands that have a long tradition
in being abused by medical spammers. Building on the company’s reputation,
spammers use the brand to lure unwary users into opening the message.  As usually, abusers modified a WebMD
newsletter in order to display a central image with the currently-running
Canadian Pharmacy promotional offer.

Web MD spam

3. Adobe software for half the price

Ranking third in this week’s issue
of the Spam Omelette, the brand name Adobe has been detected in medium-size
spam wave advertising heavily discounted products from the popular software
house.  The spammers don’t even bother to
camouflage their offering as OEM software – in a second spam wave, they
advertise it as Warez ( a generic term describing pirated commercial software).

adobe spam

4. Getting back at the FBI

The word BACK ranks fourth in this week’s spam top and has
been mostly detected in messages allegedly coming from the FBI Crime
Commission. The notice warns the user of a suspicious transaction in the
victim’s name and also details on the legal issues they might encounter if they
do not reply the message. This is a classic phishing scheme, where the victim
has to provide their banking credentials in order to avoid trouble.

fbi spam

5. Need pills? We’re here to steal your money!

Ranking fifth in this week’s issue of the Spam Omelette, the
word PILLS has been detected in medicine spam coming from Canadian Pharmacy.  Medicine spam accounts for more than 50
percent of the worldwide spam and responding these offerings may significantly
damage your bank account. Many times, online vendors charge customers for their
orders, but “forget” to send the products. Users are often too ashamed of what
they had ordered to report these incidents to the authorities.


sex pills spam


About the author


Bogdan Botezatu is living his second childhood at Bitdefender as senior e-threat analyst. When he is not documenting sophisticated strains of malware or writing removal tools, he teaches extreme sports such as surfing the web without protection or rodeo with wild Trojan horses. He believes that most things in life can be beat with strong heuristics and that antimalware research is like working for a secret agency: you need to stay focused at all times, but you get all the glory when you catch the bad guys.