Spammers Finding New Ways to Deliver Old SpamWritten by Sue Walsh on June 6, 2012
Despite the general decline in email spam, and article on the Daily news reports that spammers are finding new ways to get their messages into your inbox and their hands on your money. A House Financial Services panel has found that they are moving away from brandjacking banks and instead are sending spam messages pretending to be from the National Automatic Clearing House Association, the the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, the postal services and companies like UPS and DHL.
Spammers are working on more finely targeted campaigns and those campaigns are becoming more and more malicious. Cyberattacks are becoming more and more frequent and, more often than not, are conducted by computers that have been compromised by malware and added to botnets. These attacks have many companies worried.
Vice president of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Mark Graff, informed the panel that what his organization is finding most concerning isn’t just the rouge hackers and organized crime, it’s also the attack backed by national governments:
“It is not reasonable to expect individual companies, no matter how large or sophisticated, to independently stave off cyberattacks coordinated and backed by a foreign government,” he said. “If our headquarters or our physical infrastructure were under attack from foreign missiles, the U.S. government would work with us to defend our company. The same needs to be true for cyberattacks, especially since the U.S. government is equally under attack from these foreign entities.”
Other new tactics include malicious advertisements on websites and phishing attacks disguised as friend requests and other notifications from sites like LinkedIn and Facebook. Commercial spam may be declining somewhat, but phishing attacks are growing. Social networks are the top spam targets now but that doesn’t mean spammers are going to be giving up your inbox anytime soon.