SPAM REVIEW

The Spam Omelette #46

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Week
in Review: October 8 – 15

 

Spam Omlette 46

1. Blue PILLS prescribed by Canadian Pharmacy

Ranking first in this week’s issue of the Spam Omelette, the
word PILLS has been detected in unsolicited messages coming from Canadian
Pharmacy. The embedded links redirect the user to a Canadian Pharmacy website
clone which is also reported as an attack site (it can harm your computer by
downloading miscellaneous malicious files). Unlike other previous Canadian
Pharmacy campaigns, this specific spam wave does not come with a bundled image,
but rather presents the offerings in plain text.

Pills Spam

2. Pay us BACK in 5 years

The word BACK is surely a fresh addition to our weekly spam
top. It has been detected by the BitDefender spam analysts in messages
allegedly offering low-interest loans. The message appears to be sent by Alpha
Loan, an UK-based company and promises applicants sums of money between $1000
and $ 1 million. The proposition is suspiciously good, given the fact that the
global economy is in an extremely weak position and most of the banks have cut
off low-interest rate loans.

In order to be eligible for the promotion, applicants are
required to send their private information to an anonymous Rocketmail/Yahoo
address.

Back Spam

3. Illegal WINDOWS software on discount

OEM software spam seems to be extremely popular these days.
Ranking third in this week’s issue of the Spam Omelette, the word WINDOWS is
mostly encountered in spam messages advertising a wide range of super- cheap
software. However, not only that selling OEM software to end-users is illegal
and violates the End User License Agreement, but most likely you will buy
pirated (“warez”) copies downloaded via peer-to-peer services.

Windows Spam

 

4. Congratulations, you have won the INTERNET!

Ranking fourth in this week’s spam top, the word INTERNET
has been spotted mostly in messages allegedly coming from Yahoo. The spam email
claims that the victim has been designated as the winner of the Yahoo Internet
Awards for 2009, worth GBP 800,000. Ironically enough, the user is asked to
send their personal identification information to Mr. John Smith at an
anonymous Microsoft Live email address.

Internet Spam

5. Need a site? Hire a Chinese!

The fifth place goes to SITE, a spam term that has been
mostly identified in messages sent by a China-based web-design company. In the
context of a precarious economic environment, even legitimate companies rely on
spam to boost their revenue. The company promises cheap and rapid delivery for
any website project.

 

Site Spam

 

About the author

Bogdan BOTEZATU

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.