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Spam Mails Tout iPhone 5 While Actually Serve Trojan, Reports AppRiver

During June 2011, spammers disseminated one electronic mail touting "iPhone 5" the device hyped as appearing soon. Incidentally, the phone didn't have any presence while anyone opening the e-mail contracted one PC-Trojan created for striking his system, reveals AppRiver in its July 2011Threat and Scamscape Report.

Further as per AppRiver, the iPhone 5 was promoted via an advertisement, which contained web-links leading onto one hostile page harboring certain file called iphone5.gif.exe file that contaminated the user's computer followed with opening a backdoor for the attacker to gain admission into the system.

Says Senior Security Analyst Fred Touchette at AppRiver, the spam mail was spread precisely before the June 6, 2011 scheduled World Wide Developers Conference by Apple in order that at least some people would be conned. Infosecurity-us.com published this on July 12, 2011.

One more malicious e-mail campaign drawing AppRiver's notice during June 2011 was the McDonalds targeted e-mail scam wherein the spam mails carried malware rather than food coupons, said the company.

Notably, AppRiver also discusses the allocation of malevolent e-mail traffic and junk e-mails from region-to-region for June 2011. Accordingly, there was a 2% rise in spam activity in North America, the country which accounted for a massive percentage of the entire spam penetrating anti-spam filters. Additionally AppRiver witnessed that spam, which emanated from Oceania and Australia, rose yet again from May 2011 to June 2011. And whilst the spam volumes in Oceania and Australia continues to be below 5%, the total output from the regions was almost twofold since May 2011, AppRiver reports.

Moreover, the activity of e-mail serving PC-worms exploded at the time AppRiver filters began intercepting several million such messages daily. Although it's common to have virus prone PC traffic exude its increase and decrease when botnet operations fluctuate, still this surge appears as staying strong, the report highlights.

Meanwhile, the sudden rise in assaults by LulzSec on corporate and government entities during June 2011 was one more noteworthy incident. Said Touchette, the hackers' cabal attacked databases and web-servers with the true destruction that resulted being the leakage of users' passwords as well as other personal details.

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