Swine Flu Hits Inboxes

The alarming media headlines about the potential pandemic metamorphosed in both catchy and phony subject lines of spam campaigns.

“Swine flu in Hollywood!”, “Salma Hayek caught swine flu!”,
“US swine flu statistics”, “First US swine flu victims!”, “Will swine flu
attack USA?”, “Madonna caught swine flu!”, “NY Victims of swine flu”, “Swine
flu worldwide” are just some examples of those titles that should arouse the
interest of the recipients, as you can see in the screenshots below.


Swine Flu hits Inboxes
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Swine Flu Spam


Behind them, nothing else than a single line plain text
messages and a link directing to an alleged China registered Web page, which,
in fact, opens a .com Web site selling drugs, as you can see below.

Swine Flu

“This is one of the all-time favorite spamming schemes – exploiting
breaking news or hot topics that fuel curiosity as a social engineering
technique. As the situation will probably escalate, we expect to see an
increase of the spam amount revolving around this subject in the weeks to
come”, said Vlad V

About the author


With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.