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Windows 7: Malicious Japan quake spam leads to scareware

18 Mar 2011   #1

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
Malicious Japan quake spam leads to scareware

Yeah, it didn't take long for this tactic to surface...I got a feeling we're going to be seeing a lot of this down the careful folks....

M86 Security and Kaspersky Lab are reporting on a currently ongoing Japan quake themed spam campaign which leads to scareware and client-side exploits. Spammed using the Cutwail/Pushdo botnet, the campaign is using an event-based social engineering theme in order to trick users into clicking on the malicious links.

Upon clicking on the link the user is exposed to client-side vulnerabilities, ultimately dropping a scareware variant.

Millions of users continuing to clicking on links in spam emails.

Meanwhile, users are advised to browse the Web in a sandboxed environment, using least privilege accounts, NoScript for Firefox, and ensuring that they are free of client-side exploitable flaws.

Malicious Japan quake spam leads to scareware | ZDNet

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