The Spam Omelette #32

Welcome to this week

Week in Review:  June 24 – July 1


spam omelette 32

1. Unsubscribing
from spam is tough business

This week’s top word
in the spam landscape is UNSUBSCRIBE, a term that has shown up in our previous
reports, but never managed to claim the first place before. The word’s mere
presence in the top  reveals that spam
messages impersonating legit newsletters are a growing trend. According to the
BitDefender spam researchers, 59 percent of the worldwide spam is made of
forged newsletters featuring a medicine-related image and pointing to a .cn

unsubscribe spam


2. Hot
OFFERS for your inbox

Ranking second in this
week’s issue of the Spam Omelette, the word OFFERS has been detected in
messages coming from Canadian Pharmacy. This particular spam wave impersonates
newsletters sent by MSN in the MSN Featured Offers program, but it has been
rigged with an image advertising Canadian Pharmacy products.

offers spam


3. MSN –
Corporate impersonation in spam

As described above,
Microsoft’s MSN brand ranks third in this week’s spam top. The word mostly
occurs in forged newsletters rigged with image medicine advertisements.
Canadian Pharmacy is not only abusing the MSN brand, but also advertises their
products as genuine Pfizer (the legal owner of the Viagra and Cialis brands).
As usually, these fake newsletters come with an image pointed to a Chinese
domain composed of six random letters.


msn spam


4. Job
offerings flooding EMAIL inboxes

Ranking fourth in this
week’s spam top, the word EMAIL has been identified in a less-common spam wave
advertising job offers. Coming at a time when most of the employers have ceased
recruitments on account of the global crisis, the spam message offers na

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.