Kaspersky Lab Reports An Increase of Spam During February
MA – March 20,
2014 –Kaspersky Lab
today released its monthly spam report, finding that
the proportion of spam in email traffic in February increased by 4.2 percent
compared to January spam traffic and averaged 69.9 percent. The report showed a
majority of love-themed spam dominated by Trojans, malicious programs
containing the Andromeda backdoor and scams exploiting current world events.
Many malicious attachments in February’s spam came in emails allegedly sent
by women who wanted to make new friends in the time leading up to Valentine's
Day. Some cybercriminals tried to hook recipients with the promise of explicit
photos in archives attached to messages. The explicit photos also turned out to be malicious programs and among them was
the Andromeda backdoor that allows cybercriminals to secretly control a compromised computer.
program found during February also contained the Andromeda backdoor. Messages
allegedly sent on behalf of Facebook informed recipients that a lot had
happened on friends’ news feeds since they last visited the site and they were
prompted to find out more by opening the attached archive, which contained the
February’s love-themed malicious spam was dominated by Trojans, as the
cybercriminals’ mass mailings targeted credulous users with a Trojan-Dropper.
The Trojan installs two malicious programs on the system –
one is spyware that steals all document files (*. Docx, *. Xlsx, *. Pdf) from
the computer and sends them to a specific mailbox; another is IRC-bot/worm
called ShitStorm which can carry out DDoS attacks on websites and spread copies
of itself via MSN and P2P services. If recipients respond to this sort of
email, their computer can easily become part of a botnet. In addition to Trojan
spyware, this month’s malicious spam included ransomware.
Meanwhile, ‘Nigerian’ scammers exploited the current situation in
Ukraine. They cited some
familiar stories about unfortunate tourists in Kiev who had all their money
stolen, followed by a request for financial assistance.
proportion of spam in email traffic in February increased by 4.2 percentage
points compared to the previous month and averaged 69.9% - 1.2 percentage
points less than in February 2013.
China (23%) was the top source of spam, followed
by the USA (19.1%) and South Korea (12.8%)
The leading types of organizations targeted most
frequently by phishing attacks included, social networking sites (27.3%),
email services (19.34%) and e-pay organizations (16.73%). Kaspersky Lab
specialists also came across fraudulent notifications in February that
claimed to be from the Malaysian HongLeong bank.
Quote: Tatyana Shcherbakova, Senior Spam Analyst
Kaspersky Lab “Phishing emails that use the names of major financial and e-payment
organizations from different countries are being actively spread by scammers to
steal personal financial information. A successful attack usually gives the
phishers full access to the victim's personal account on the banks’ website.”
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