Stock Spams Installing Trojans
The Kaspersky Laboratory reported that mass e-mails with information (in English) on stocks of some nasty firm are online with a Refuse from Spam hyperlink in Russian.
A general Russian user getting the mail will probably want to stop the irksome spam and click the given hyperlink. Then he is automatically directed to a site containing a malevolent code. Consequently, Downloader.JS.Small.dz, a Trojan, is loaded on his system, that in turn puts in the Trojan-Spy.Win32.Goldun.ms program to give access to passwords and codes of bank account for the system of e-gold paying. The program is employed to get access to the password of a specific paying system.
Trojan-Spy.Win32.Goldun.ms and Trojan-Downloader.JS.Small.dz programs are a part of anti-virus lists by the major producers of security system. Also, the trojans can be halted with proactive security system. But users are advised to remain careful and don't open mail from unknown senders.
As per a latest report by the Kaspersky Lab in news reported by ITWEEK, for the future progression of malevolent programs, the analysts at Lab believe that virus authors and spammers would associate even more closely. The amount of trojans will keep rising and virus authors will search for exploitable flaws in Vista.
A stock-spam is an effort to influence a stock's price in a publicly traded firm (or a would-be publicly-traded) by sending stock's information through news or e-mails.
Stock spammers break the law, so they're cautious not to incorporate any information that can reveal their identity. The spammers hides their identity by distributing spam via hacked PCs, or zombies, and any contact information or address given in the spam is generally fake (stock spammers put others' domain names or addresses in their 'From' links). Even if you came to know who the culprit was, asking them to stop such things is generally useless.
The best you can do is try to filter the mails to sort out spam from legitimate mails. But unluckily, this is not so easy as stock spammers do try hard to escape spam filters. You can save yourself from stock spam by forwarding the spams you get to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Related article: Stock Spamming On the Rise
» SPAMfighter News - 19-03-2007