SOURCE: BitDefender

BitDefender

February 11, 2009 13:19 ET

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

Week 13: "EMAIL" Used in Classic Advance-Fee Scam and Unsolicited Valentine's Day Messages

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA--(Marketwire - February 11, 2009) - The word "EMAIL" has been identified as the top spam word in Spam Omelette 13, 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 antivirus software and data security solutions.

In week 13 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 unsolicited messages promoting "the perfect Valentine's Day gift." The message contains a malicious link that when clicked attempts to infect the user's computer with the Waledoc bot. The word "EMAIL" has also been used in a classic advance-fee scam allegedly from the Australian Lottery. The scam message asks users to advance sums of money in return of large financial gains.

2. PLEASE -- Ranking second in Spam Omelette 13, the word PLEASE has been identified by BitDefender spam researchers in messages promoting a Russian dating website. The message lacks the standard unsubscribe link, although users willing to unsubscribe are advised to email the administrative staff, confirming the message arrived in their inboxes. Although the website has not been labelled as malicious at the time of posting, the advertisement method can be safely labelled as spam.

3. NEWS -- Ranking third in Spam Omelette is the word "NEWS," which has been detected in messages promoting money loans. The embedded link directs unwary users to a website that is notorious for hosting malware: www.applyadobeplayer.com. The mentioned URL has been suspended for abuse, as it has been associated with the fake Flash Player update malware scheme.

4. NEW -- The word NEW ranks fourth this week and is used in unsolicited messages advertising discounted new cars. The mail message includes an unsubscribe link that, once clicked, adds the email address to the spammer's database, then directs the user to the website's home page.

5. CLICK -- The word CLICK ranks last in Spam Omelette 13 and has been detected in messages advertising sexual enhancement pills. The message is extremely short and simple. Unlike previous medical spam campaigns, it does not contain images, just an embedded link to the online shop.

To read the entire Spam Omelette, 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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