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Happy New Fear! Gift-wrapped spam and phishing

Pre-holiday spam Easy money In the run-up to Christmas and New Year, scam е-mails mentioning easy pickings, lottery winnings, and other cash surprises are especially popular. All the more so given how simple it is to adapt existing schemes simply by mentioning the holiday in the subject line. For example, one scam е-mail with the subject line “Xsmas gi
Publish At:2020-02-07 06:05 | Read:229 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Spam and phishing mailings Malicious spam Phishing

Spam and phishing in Q3 2019

Quarterly highlights Amazon Prime In Q3, we registered numerous scam mailings related to Amazon Prime. Most of the phishing emails with a link to a fake Amazon login page offered new prices or rewards for buying things, or reported problems with membership, etc. Against the backdrop of September’s Prime Day sale, such messages were plausible. Scammers
Publish At:2019-11-26 06:05 | Read:521 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Spam and phishing reports Malicious spam Malware De

Spam and phishing in Q2 2019

Quarterly highlights Spam through Google services In the second quarter of 2019, scammers were making active use of cloud-based data storage services such as Google Drive and Google Storage to hide their illegal content. The reasoning behind this is simple: a link from a legitimate domain is seen as more trustworthy by both users and spam filters. Most often
Publish At:2019-09-19 18:20 | Read:475 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Spam and phishing Malicious spam Malware Descriptio

Spam and phishing in Q3 2017

Quarterly highlights Blockchain and spam Cryptocurrencies have been a regular theme in the media for several years now. Financial analysts predict a great future for them, various governments are thinking about launching their own currencies, and graphics cards are swept off the shelves as soon as they go on sale. Of course, spammers could not resist the top
Publish At:2017-11-03 07:15 | Read:3089 | Comments:0 | Tags:Featured Spam and phishing reports Malicious spam Malware De

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:3998 | 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:6109 | 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:5077 | 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:4326 | 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:4228 | 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:5966 | 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:3266 | 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:7193 | 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:6020 | 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:4573 | 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:9235 | Comments:0 | Tags:Analysis Quarterly Spam Reports Malicious spam Malware Malwa

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