Symantec Warns of World Cup Related Spam

Symantec's June MessageLabs Intelligence report has revealed that a quarter of global spam was related to football in the run up to the World Cup.

Paul Wood, senior analyst at MessageLabs Intelligence, said that spammers are utilising the excitement of the World Cup to deliver malicious world-cup related spam.

He warned, "Spammers get the attention of their victims by offering products for sale or enticing them to click on a link."

The report reveals how Symantec intercepted 45 targeted malware e-mails sent on 2nd June to the executives of Brazilian companies.

This spam mail used a PDF attachment and a malicious web link in an attempt to entice viewers and therefore to compromise corporate systems and gain access to corporate information.

Another spam attack which has been discovered by MessageLabs Intelligence featured a World Cup related subject line to avoid detection but when opened the HTML attachment was clearly pharmaceutical spam.

Wood stated: "Skilled and calculating spammers have gone to great lengths to disguise what the Javascript actually does,"

"Deceiving recipients into opening a message that contains unrelated content is an approach commonly used with malware. We expect to see more of these attacks as the football tournament continues."

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