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'We are going to sue you' Latest E-mail spam in Market

ST Team
Thursday, October 6, 2011
ST Team
Email spam or Unsolicited Bulk Email (UBE) is on a rise irrespective of all the counter measures taken against them. Hardly a day passes without having to delete spam from email inboxes. Websense ThreatSeeker Network has detected that an email spam broke out on 19th September, 2011. In this campaign, emails are spoofed to appear as though they were sent from established companies. The emails even formally claims that legal action will be taken because of the spam you have sent. These emails with the fake warning even attach a ZIP file that contains a scanned copy of a document that is supposed evidence of your spam.

The spam outbreak uses several alerting subject headings to attract readers’ attention. The ZIP file is actually an EXE file disguised as a document after decompression, a kind of Trojan. When the Trojan triggers, it copies itself to the system path under the Startup folder and deletes itself. Whenever the computer is started, the Trojan will execute. This Trojan has the ability to connect to remote servers and down load malicious files. The campaign could potentially contain other variants of the Trojan as well and Websense will continue monitoring them. The company’s Advanced Classified Engine (ACE) is capable of protecting computers from malicious attacks like this.

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