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Easter 2013 – New Spam and malware attacks

Symantec warns of several new spam and malware attacks actively circulating

http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/spammers-magical-gifts-easter

QUOTE: Easter Sunday is one of the most important festivals in the Christian calendar and it is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 each year; this year it falls on March 31. Spam messages related to Easter have begun flowing into the Symantec Probe Network. As expected, most of the spam samples are encouraging users to take advantage of products offers, personalized letters, e-cards, as well as clearance sales of cars and replica watches. Clicking the URL will automatically redirect the user to a website containing some bogus offer.

Spammers are also exploiting the event by sending casino spam email using the name “Easter bonnet”. The Easter bonnet represents the tail-end of a tradition of wearing new clothes at an Easter festival.  The following spam sample provides instructions for ways that users can acquire a “bonus”.

1. “Three different bonuses can produce some extra winnings.”
2. “Make your deposit and get free spins.”
3. “Free welcome package up to $500.”

Symantec advises our readers to be cautious when handling unsolicited or unexpected emails

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