New Year’s Ecard Blended Threat

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Spammers and virus writers have latched onto holidays and ecards to distribute their malicious messages, and here’s a recent outbreak that blends both together, just in time for the New Year’s Holiday. Samples similar to the screenshot below were first seen in Commtouch Detection Centers on December 25, 14:45 GMT (I guess the spammers assumed recipients would be reading their email on Christmas)

New Years Card Blended Threat Spam

Clicking on the link brings the user to a malicious web site that attempts to download Trojan software. Sample Subject lines Commtouch has intercepted include:

  • a fresh new year
  • as the new year…
  • as you embrace another new year
  • blasting new year
  • happy 2008 to you!
  • happy 2008!
  • happy new year to [email address]!
  • happy new year to you!
  • happy new year!
  • it’s the new year
  • joyous new year
  • lots of greetings on new year
  • message for new year
  • new hope and new beginnings…
  • new year ecard
  • new year postcard
  • new year wishes for you
  • opportunities for the new year
  • wishes for the new year

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