Spam Mails Purportedly from UPS Circulating Online
Researchers from security company Commtouch are cautioning that one fresh malicious e-mail campaign is circulating online while it poses as being sent from UPS the package-delivery firm for attacking unwary users.
Moreover, the company observes that numerous variations exist within the text of the spam mail.
Thus one e-mail, addressing the recipient as UPS client states that the delivery address of the parcel's receiver has been incorrectly given therefore he (e-mail recipient) requires completing a file given in an attachment with the correct address and sending it on the e-mail id of his personal manager. The e-mail then signs off from Customer Service of UPS.com.
A second e-mail reportedly referring to the parcel's delivery, tells the reader that it couldn't be delivered therefore he should collect it from the UPS' department by presenting a printed copy of the bill provided in a given attachment.
Thereafter, one more junk e-mail informs the reader that it wasn't possible for UPS to hand over the postal parcel to the intended person therefore he should provide the correct address within a file given in an attachment as well as resend it on the e-mail id of his personal manager.
Commtouch observed that each of the spam mails was laden with malware. Indeed, spammers, in March 2011, likely utilized the identical campaign but with Botnet Rustock's closure they changed the spoofed sender's id as originating from DHL, one other package delivery firm.
Meanwhile, the e-mail spammers' success will depend on the number of recipients who'll trigger the malware. According to Director of Product Marketing Avi Turiel of Commtouch, depending on the contaminations from malware dispatched the attackers will possibly determine what other improvements they can make during future assaults. Networkworld.com published this on August 16, 2011.
Moreover, Turiel states that the latest spam outbreak witnessed malevolent attachment-laden messages leap to 15.2bn (August 12, 2011) from 814m (August 6, 2011). Further, following the Rustock takedown in March 2011, there were many declining spam spikes, which essentially reflects worldwide e-mail systems practicing blocking of spam mails. Expectedly, malicious program creators will understand this as they'll slowly observe fewer infections, Turiel adds.
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