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February 2013 Sees Most Cyber-attacks against Google Coming from Spammers

Kaspersky Labs, which has lately published its report on February 2013 spam, highlights that Google fell to maximum attacks by spammers during February 2013.

Precisely, during February, 'spammers' unleashed one bulk e-mail campaign, which associated with Google's name, telling recipients of the e-mail that Google was reviewing their resumes. And that no confusion occurred, users were prompted for viewing an attachment to verify the accuracy of their resumes. A zipped folder, the attachment showed a file named Document.chm.exe. On viewing it, Kaspersky Labs found it contained a Trojan identified as Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Typic.bea, which began pulling down malware capable of capturing passwords as well as other secret information from end-users' PCs.

The scammers also tried to sound persuasive in their e-mail so they displayed a seemingly feasible id such as resume-thanks@google.com within the message's 'From' space while included the organization's icon and logo.

It's amazing how malware dissemination through electronic mails most popularly use notices supposedly from various banks or other financial institutions. This tactic appeared particularly well-known in Italy because there, e-mail spammers frequently employed Trojan-Banker.HTML.Agent.p that was the No.2 e-mail-borne malware among the Top Ten malware Items of February 2013. The Trojan arrived disguised as an HTML web-page pretending to be registration forms from widely known e-pay services alternatively banks through which phishers stole end-users' Internet banking credentials.

Moreover, according to the report, spam flows witnessed prominent shifts in their territory-wise distribution. During February 2013, most spam targeting Internauts of Europe originated from South Korea. There was a 27.7% increase in the total spam amount emanating from that nation and touching a mean of 50.9%. China, which led with 3% of spam, dropped five places settling on No.6, experiencing an extensive fall of 36.6%. The above considerable alterations in South Korea and China's contributions to the spam possibly was because certain spammers' gang began spewing junk through one new botnet.

Furthermore, during the month in question, United States occupied the first position among the most prominent spam generators, globally. China-sourced spam reduced twofold causing it to fall to No.2. And like in January 2013, South Korea ranked No.3, Kaspersky outlines.

Related article: February’s High Spam Took Advantage of Recession

» SPAMfighter News - 30-03-2013

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