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Spam Email Campaign Leverages ‘Box’ Cloud Service Name

Security experts of security firm Malwarebytes confirm that some users have received spam emails saying that image files uploaded to the Box cloud service have been damaged and lured them to click on a link which lands them on a spam webpage.

The message can easily lure an innocent user but its trickery can be identified due to its simplicity of the text which only informs about number of images corrupted in some way.

The source of the message reveals the details on how the files got damaged to make it look more authentic and official without registering the sender's email with cloud service.

At the end of a list of damaged items, there is a link claiming to take the user to them. But the link directs the user to a fake website of Canadian Pharmacy instead of accessing to cloud service.

Softpedia.com published news on 21st June, 2014 stating that Christopher Boyd, Malware Intelligence Analyst of Malwarebytes spotted another weak spam attempt with a message claiming to be from Google's Drive storage service which informs that some files have been uploaded.

Security experts of security firm comment that there has been alarming surge in spam over the Internet due to such spam email campaigns of the above type. Their comment is endorsed by AppRiver in their recent detailed analysis report of web and email-borne threats and malicious software trends traced between January-March 2014. AppRiver's statistics reveal that during first quarter of 2014, it (AppRiver) found nearly 10.9 billion spam messages and another 490 million contained malware out of 14 billion screened messages.

Moreover, 'Box' is not the only cloud service whose popularity is being targeted by cyber scammers in their spam email campaigns. This is because during March 2014, well-known Internet security firm Symantec had discovered a phishing email campaign leveraging Google Drive which was difficult to be detected as a scam by users. Google Drive is an extension of Google Docs which allows users to easily and conveniently store all types of files on the Google servers.

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