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Spam and phishing in Q2 2017

Spam: quarterly highlights Delivery service Trojans At the start of Q2 2017, we registered a wave of malicious mailings imitating notifications from well-known delivery services. Trojan downloaders were sent out in ZIP archives, and after being launched they downloaded other malware – Backdoor.Win32.Androm and Trojan.Win32.Kovter. The usual trick of present
Publish At:2017-08-22 09:10 | Read:183 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Quarterly Spam Reports Malicious spam Malware Descr

Spam and phishing in Q1 2017

Spam: quarterly highlights Spam from the Necurs botnet We wrote earlier about a sharp increase in the amount of spam with malicious attachments, mainly Trojan encryptors. Most of that spam was coming from the Necurs botnet, which is currently considered the world’s largest spam botnet. However, in late December 2016, the network’s activity almost
Publish At:2017-05-02 05:05 | Read:788 | Comments:0 | Tags:Analysis Featured Quarterly Spam Reports Malicious spam Malw

Spam and phishing in 2016

The year in figures According to Kaspersky Lab, in 2016: The proportion of spam in email flows was 58.31%, which is 3.03 percentage points more than in 2015. 62.16% of spam emails were no more than 2 KB in size. 12.08% of spam was sent from the US. Trojan.Win32.Bayrob was the most popular malware family distributed via email. Germany (14.13%) was the countr
Publish At:2017-02-20 12:50 | Read:1316 | Comments:0 | Tags:Analysis Featured Kaspersky Security Bulletin Malicious spam

Spam and phishing in Q3 2016

 Download the full report (PDF) Spam: quarterly highlights Malicious spam Throughout 2016 we have registered a huge amount of spam with malicious attachments; in the third quarter, this figure once again increased significantly. According to KSN data, in Q3 2016 the number of email antivirus detections totaled 73,066,751. Most malicious attachments cont
Publish At:2016-11-12 08:35 | Read:1081 | Comments:0 | Tags:Analysis Featured Quarterly Spam Reports Malicious spam Malw

The Rio Olympics: Scammers Already Competing

A few years ago, spammers and scammers were not as interested in the Olympics as they were in football (the World Cup and European Championships). The first major increase in the number of spam messages devoted to the Olympic Games occurred in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014. Since then, their interest in the Olympics has shown no sign of
Publish At:2016-05-16 08:40 | Read:1076 | Comments:0 | Tags:Blog Phishing Malicious spam Scam Spam Letters Spammer techn

Spam and phishing in Q1 2016

Spam: features of the quarter Trending: dramatic increase in volume of malicious spam The first quarter of 2016 saw a dramatic increase in the number of unsolicited emails containing malicious attachments. Over the last two years the number of email antivirus detections on computers with a Kaspersky Lab product installed fluctuated between 3 and 6 million. A
Publish At:2016-05-12 13:25 | Read:1628 | Comments:0 | Tags:Analysis Featured Quarterly Spam Reports Malicious spam Malw

Amazon used as bait

In recent weeks, we have seen several mass-mailings in French, Italian and English, imitating messages from Amazon’s online shops. In all the mailings, the recipients were offered a voucher, a gift certificate or some other prize. The enticing offers were mostly sent from Italy or France. However, the email addresses from which they were sent immediate
Publish At:2016-03-04 21:10 | Read:1113 | Comments:0 | Tags:Blog Phishing Malicious spam

Kaspersky Security Bulletin. Spam and phishing in 2015

The year in figures According to Kaspersky Lab, in 2015 The proportion of spam in email flows was 55.28%, which is 11.48 percentage points lower than in 2014. 79% of spam emails were no more than 2 KB in size. 15.2% of spam was sent from the US. 146,692,256 instances that triggered the ‘Antiphishing’ system were recorded. Russia suffered the hig
Publish At:2016-02-05 10:25 | Read:1785 | Comments:0 | Tags:Analysis Featured Kaspersky Security Bulletin Malicious spam

Spam and phishing in Q3 2015

 Download PDF version Spam: features of the quarter Online dating The dating theme is typical for spam emails, but in the third quarter of 2015 we couldn’t help but notice the sheer variety appearing in these types of mailings. We came across some rather interesting attempts to deceive recipients and to bypass filters, as well as new types of spam
Publish At:2015-11-13 15:05 | Read:1927 | Comments:0 | Tags:Analysis Quarterly Spam Reports Malicious spam Malware Malwa

The Shade Encryptor: a Double Threat

A family of ransomware Trojans that encrypts files and adds the extensions “.xtbl” and “.ytbl” emerged in late 2014/early 2015, and quickly established itself among the top three most widespread encryptors in Russia (along with Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Cryakl and Trojan-Ransom.BAT.Scatter). This threat has been assigned the verdict Trojan-
Publish At:2015-09-14 15:40 | Read:1675 | Comments:0 | Tags:Analysis Publications Malicious spam Malware Descriptions Ma

Spam and phishing in Q2 2015

 Download PDF version Spam: features of the quarter “Noising” domains We have already analyzed the situation with regard to the considerable increase in the number of new domain zones as well as mass generation of spammer domains in these zones, specifically those designed to send out illegitimate mass mailings. The further analysis of spam
Publish At:2015-08-13 09:25 | Read:6023 | Comments:0 | Tags:Analysis Quarterly Spam Reports Malicious spam Malware Malwa

Click-Fraud Malware Spreading via JavaScript Attachments

A new malware campaign has been spotted that has begun seeding spam messages with a downloader heavily obfuscated with JavaScript. The SANS Internet Storm Center said today that two days ago, a flood of spam messages were observed laced with .js attachments.The JavaScript obfuscates a downloader that once it’s installed on a compromised machine, calls
Publish At:2015-07-29 20:05 | Read:974 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malware Privacy Brad Duncan Click fraud Kovter malicious Jav

Spam and Phishing in the First Quarter of 2015

Spam: features of the quarter New domain zones In January 2014 the New gTLD program of registration for new generic top-level domains designated for certain types of communities and organizations was launched. The main advantage of this program is the opportunity for organizations to choose a domain zone that is clearly consistent with their activities a
Publish At:2015-05-13 20:05 | Read:2458 | Comments:0 | Tags:Analysis Quarterly Spam Reports Malicious spam Malware Malwa

Your Tax Refund with a Data Kidnapping Twist!

Oh, how procrastination gets all of us! April 15th is the U.S. tax deadline and it looks like most of us will be coming down to the wire on declaring our taxes and holding our collective breath in expectation of that sweet, sweet refund. Sadly, our malware writing friends are aware of this and their discipline has proven far superior. Knowing that many are o
Publish At:2015-04-14 09:11 | Read:1125 | Comments:0 | Tags:Blog Research Malicious spam Microsoft Word Ransomware Socia

Don't Feel Left Out: Ransomware for IT Security Enthusiasts!

Macros are so hot right now It's getting dark outside and our favorite mail client beeps with excitement for a new missive in our inbox, something interesting perhaps? A rapid glimpse at the contents of the message should indicate that a malicious campaign will play the starring role in what follows. An included attachment reveals itself as a malicious
Publish At:2015-04-07 17:00 | Read:1090 | Comments:0 | Tags:Blog Research Macros Malicious spam Malware Technologies Mic

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