SOURCE: BitDefender

BitDefender

March 04, 2009 12:22 ET

BitDefender's Spam Omelette 16 Spotlights "EMAIL" for the Fourth Consecutive Week as Top Spam Word in Weekly Analysis of E-Threat Trends

Week 16: "EMAIL" Dominates Spam Omelette in Canadian Pharmacy Scheme

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2009) - The word "EMAIL" has been identified for the fourth consecutive week as the top spam word in Spam Omelette 16, BitDefender's weekly review on spam and the latest industry trends. Spam Omelette is part of MalwareCity.com, which is supported by BitDefender®, an award-winning provider of innovative anti-malware security solutions.

In week 16 of Spam Omelette, the top spam words include:

1. EMAIL - Ranking first in this week's Spam Omelette, the word "EMAIL" has been detected by BitDefender spam researchers in a spam wave promoting Canadian Pharmacy medications and supplements and sexual enhancement drugs. The message has a misleading subject line, "Complaints About Your Car," in order to increase recipient curiosity and the odds of the message being opened. The unsolicited e-mail features a forged disclaimer mentioning a trustworthy company and an unsubscribe link.

2. UNSUBSCRIBE - Ranking second in Spam Omelette 16, the word "UNSUBSCRIBE" has been identified in messages promoting Canadian Pharmacy medications and supplements. The unsolicited message notifies the user that his/her password had been changed.

3. SERVICE - Ranking third in Spam Omelette is the word "SERVICE," which has been detected in two spam campaigns promoting cheap OEM software as well as natural alternatives for stopping hair loss.

4. PRIVACY - Revealed by this week's spam map, the words "PRIVACY" and "SERVICE" have been used in unsolicited spam messages in the same proportion. A closer look in the spam stock revealed that both words are part of the same spam campaign initiated by Canadian Pharmacy.

5. ACCOUNT - The word "ACCOUNT" ranks last in Spam Omelette 16 and has been identified in a phishing attack that impersonates account security warnings allegedly sent by May Bank. The message informs the potential victim that the bank suffered a severe DDoS attack -- a term that can alarm the average user -- and all e-banking accounts will need to be re-validated. The scheme works by combining links to the bank's website, as well as links to a spoofed page. The user receives the TAC (Transaction Authorization Code) from the bank and will send it, along with other confidential data, to the spoofed webpage.

To read the entire Spam Omelette # 16, please visit MalwareCity.com.

To create Spam Omelette, BitDefender analyzes approximately 7 million spam messages collected through BitDefender's worldwide network of "honey pots." A honey pot is an e-mail address that is only used to collect spam. The large number of analyzed messages and the global distribution of honey pots ensure reliable results.

The resulting map provides visual cues for understanding what the new trends in spam messages are, while providing significant insight to researchers on the current spam campaigns.

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