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Fake emails – American Airlines

 January 18, 2012

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I have come across some significant activity related to spam email messages that are pretending to be from American Airlines. This email misguides the user that his purchased ticket scan copy is attached with this email and asks him to print it for use. The email has “Ticket.zip” as an...

Beware of ‘Steve Jobs Alive’ spam

 January 18, 2012

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News about the death of Steve Jobs has been exploited by cyber-criminals by sending spam emails associated with this incident. The spam mail may have one of the following subjects: – “Steve Jobs: Not Dead Yet” – “Is Steve Jobs Really Dead?” – “Steve Jobs Alive!” – “Steve Jobs Not...

Phishing Campaign Using Spoofed US-CERT Emails

 January 13, 2012

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Phishers are using spoofed email addresses from the US Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT) to trick recipients into downloading a malicious executable file. The emails are sent from the spoofed email address soc@us-cert.gov with the subject line: “Phishing incident report call number: PH0000003863970”. The fake warning claims US-CERT has opened...

On-going Phishing Attacks on Email Services

 January 13, 2012

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A series of phishing attacks aimed at stealing Gmail and Yahoo user login information is on the rise. I believe that the attacks were part of a larger campaign aimed at stealing user data and compromising computer systems. If the users enter the login details on such phishing links, then...

Indian Cyberspace hit by Kim Jong-II Malware Mails!

 January 3, 2012

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It has been observed that cybercriminals are using the name of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-II after his death to target Internet users. Attackers are achieving this by spamming malicious emails containing specially crafted PDF files named “BriefintroductionofKim-Jong-il.pdf” This PDF file has been found to exploit CVE-2010-2883 and CVE-2010-3333...

Top 10 Malware Families of 2011

 December 31, 2011

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Today is the last day of the year and the right time to list out the top 10 Malwares of this year. The list below is based on our report which is generated from the automated feedback that we collect from Quick Heal installations across India. Top 10 Malware Families...

Fake Facebook alert for changing their password

 December 22, 2011

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Facebook users are being targeted with fake emails pertaining to come from the social network and alerting them to change their password. The emails are sent from the spoofed email address “Facebook (update+{Random Characters}@facebookmail.com) with subjects like: -Security alert. -Your account information. -New notifications. The email comes with one of...

Beware of Scam – RBI offering unclaimed funds through lottery

 December 13, 2011

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

This scam email claims to be from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) office. The email is quite well crafted and carries a certain degree of professionalism in its wording. Scammers are offering unclaimed money from none other than the Reserve Bank of India and are claiming that the RBI...

Fake emails – USPS: Delivery Failed Notification

 December 9, 2011

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

The United States Postal Service (also known as USPS, the Post Office or U.S. Mail) is an independent agency of the United States Government responsible for providing postal service in the United States. Scammers are taking advantage of it with specially crafted emails that are spreading over the Internet. The...

Phishing Scam – Axis Bank

 December 8, 2011

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Scammers are once again targeting banks in order to dupe unsuspecting users. The latest victim of their attacks is Axis Bank. The phishing email contains an HTML file which displays a fake page upon execution. The page is a replica of the official Axis Bank online banking webpage. The scammer...