Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas greetings can tempt you into a malware trap

Sending Christmas greetings to friends and acquaintances by e-greeting card or email is becoming ever more popular year after year. However annual holidays are also a firm date in the business diaries of spam distributors. Therefore, G Data is expecting a marked increase in spam with a Christmas or New Year flavour. The perpetrators make use of counterfeit e-cards and modified e-card web pages to distribute malware programs to infect the receiving computers with malicious code and bring them under their control.

Time and again, spammers distribute counterfeit e-cards on special occasions and national holidays. Even now the experts at G Data are already receiving an increased number of variants of dangerous Christmas and New Year greetings.

Ralf Benzmueller, manager G Data Security Labs: "The number of counterfeit greeting cards has not changed significantly from last year, however we are again seeing a seasonal increase in Christmas e-cards. The scamsters hope that especially at Christmas they will achieve a high success rate, because at a time when people are celebrating love and hope they are expecting to receive greeting cards rather than anything else and hence will possibly click on attachments or links without thinking."

Keep an eye on the subject field
Genuine providers of online greeting cards give the complete name of the sender in the subject field. Greeting cards originating "from a friend" or "from a neighbour" or even "from a colleague" or any other such an anonymous source, should be ignored and immediately placed, unread, in the trash can. Spelling and grammatical errors in the subject field or text of the email are also a sure sign of scamming mail.

To read more: http://www.gdatasoftware.co.uk/about-g-data/press-centre/news-items/news-details/article/1455-christmas-greetings-can-tempt.html

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