SOURCE: BitDefender

BitDefender

June 18, 2009 15:21 ET

BitDefender's Spam Omelette 30 Spotlights "EMAIL" as Top Spam Word in Weekly Analysis of E-Threats

Week 30: The Word "EMAIL" Dominates Spam Omelette Once Again in Spam Campaigns From Canadian Pharmacy

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - The word "EMAIL" has been identified as the top spam word in Spam Omelette 30, 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 30 of Spam Omelette, the top spam words include:

1. EMAIL - The word "EMAIL" is back in first place with the advent of another spam campaign from the online medicine business, Canadian Pharmacy. The spam message reads "I changed my email," but the email headers have been forged to look as if the message was sent from the recipient's account. This technique allows the spammer to trick the user into opening the message and bypasses the email spam filters based on the Trusted Senders' List.

2. PLEASE - The word, "PLEASE" ranks second in Spam Omelette 30 and has been identified in several advanced-fee scam messages from Nigeria as well as classic identity theft scam messages.

3. PRIVACY - Ranking third in this week's Spam Omelette is the word "PRIVACY," which has been detected by BitDefender spam analysts in messages impersonating legitimate newsletters from Canadian Pharmacy.

4. UNSUBSCRIBE - Ranking fourth in this week's issue of Spam Omelette, the word "UNSUBSCRIBE" has been identified in spam messages from Canadian Pharmacy. Unlike previous spam campaigns from Canadian Pharmacy which used the unsubscribe links in fake newsletters to authenticate the recipient's email address, this week the unsubscribe links direct the recipient to a Canadian Pharmacy advertisement.

5. PRICE - The word "PRICE" comes in fifth place in Spam Omelette 30 and has been identified by BitDefender's spam analysts in messages advertising fake designer watches.

To read the entire Spam Omelette 30, 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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