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Malware and Dating Spam, Most Prevalent Spam Headers

In a recent report by Symantec, the anti-virus company says that spam mails on malware and dating represented the most widespread e-mail junk. These e-mails ranked the highest among the ten most prevalent subject lines for spam during October 2010.

Remarking about Symantec's analysis, researcher Suyog Sainkar of Symantec stated that the top subject lines used for malware laden junk e-mails were "Julia 22 y.o, new message for you," "Katya 21 y.o, new message for you," "LinkedIn Alert," "LinkedIn new messages" and "LinkedIn Messages" etc. Security News Daily reported this on October 28, 2010.

Elaborating still more, Sainkar stated that the junk e-mail on dating that frequently said about the sender Katya aged 21, who was in search of a man partner to make a robust family, led users onto one Russian website that facilitated courting. These assaults were responsible for 33% of the ten most prevalent spam captions.

Nevertheless, spam mails that posed as messages from LinkedIn so lured users that they opened the bogus requests for invitation alternatively the unchecked e-mails inside their mailbox. In reality, these e-mails weren't from Linked, while following the web-links given inside their texts landed users onto a site that tried to load the Trojan Zeus.

The malware, once installed, collected sensitive information of users, particularly online banking details. Reported Symantec, the spam mail contained an URL link having the '.ru' domain, with the web-link leading the user onto one Russian Internet dating site. And though the said domain appeared in a random way within the spam assault, there was never any change in its parameters.

Additionally, the security company reported that more spam headers, besides the malware and dating captions, which topped the list in October 2010 were pharmaceutical spam and spam offering so-called job opportunities like 'Subject: hi!' and 'Subject: Re: CV.'

Thus for maintaining safety, the security specialists recommended that users should remain cautious about the spam mails. As per simple tips, they shouldn't open e-mails that unfamiliar sources might send and likewise not download any file attachment. Further, they should deploy an up-to-date anti-virus program towards preventing any possible malware infection.

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