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27 Feb 2014Spam News
The analysts at Kaspersky Lab have published the results of the company’s spam monitoring for the first month of 2014.
In January, scammers continued to send out ‘Nigerian’ letters exploiting the deaths of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon and South Africa’s ex-president Nelson Mandela. One ‘Nigerian’ letter was supposedly written by the lawyer of the late president’s second wife. It stated that his ex-wife and her lawyer needed help to obtain a huge amount of money and gold bars and assistance to invest it. They claimed they were searching for a respectable person who had to be a foreign citizen. Another similar letter claimed to come from Mandela’s third wife Graca Marshal. The scammers tried to win the recipient’s sympathy with a sad tale about the struggle for his millions within the Mandela family. The fraudsters asked for help in transferring money and keeping it safe in an account belonging to the recipient.
Tatyana Shcherbakova, Senior Spam Analyst at Kaspersky Lab, commented: “Trojan-Spy.html.Fraud.gen remained the most widespread malicious program. It belongs to a family of Trojan programs that use spoofing technology to imitate HTML pages, and are distributed via email in fake notifications from major commercial banks, software developers and e-stores. After opening one of these pages, users enter their login details, which is then passed on to cybercriminals who gain full access to the victims’ confidential information.”
The full report is available at securelist.com.
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