Review: October 21 – 28
1. Take the blue PILLS and we’ll show you how
we take your money!
Ranking first in this week’s issue of the Spam Omelette, the
word PILLS has been identified in a medium-size spam wave advertising a wide
range of drugs from a new competitor on the drug online market: US Drugstore.
Surprisingly enough, the new provider has surpassed Canadian Pharmacy, one of
world’s greatest spammers of all time.
This week’s spam map also reveals additional keywords
related to pills, such as Viagra, enlargement, medicine and online-pharmacy.
2. Almost free SOFTWARE brings trouble
They say that what is cheap is not worth it, especially when
it comes to software deals. The word SOFTWARE ranks second in this week’s spam
review and has been detected by the BitDefender spam researchers in unsolicited
mails advertising extremely cheap OEM software for Microsoft platforms.
According to the spammers, they can offer licenses for popular software (such
as Nero Burning Suite, for instance) at discounted prices because they do not
deliver boxes and printed manuals. In fact, it is almost for sure that they are
selling “warez” software downloaded via peer-to-peer file sharing services.
Please note that using counterfeit software does not entitle
the buyer to free technical support and is also illegal.
3. MaxGentleman – max spammer
Maxgentleman spam has been present in our spam map for three
weeks in a row and it seems that it’s here to stay. The messages sent on MaxGentleman’s behalf
are written in plain text and includes a link to one of the multiple website
4. Visit our SITE, we’re not spammers!
Ranking fourth in the BitDefender spam top for this week,
the word SITE has been detected in a
spam wave advertising the notorious Canadian Pharmacy products. Ironically,
this specific unsolicited mail message picture below comes with an interesting
subject, namely “How we deal with spammers”. It is just another newsletter scam
with a central picture of the current offering.
5. Seven. Windows Seven.
The official launch of Windows 7, one of the most
anticipated IT events of the year, could not be missed by spammers and malware
creators, who took full advantage of the news to harm both computers and
victims’ bank balance. This specific spam wave using the Windows keyword seems
to have originated in Taiwan and leads the user to a webpage that attempts to
download and install a ZBot infected binary file.