Spam Scams on the rise

Over the past month more and more users have been receiving increased numbers of SPAM phising attacks.  These attacks come via email and usually have attachments.  The SPAM emails are getting past SPAM filters and hitting users mjailboxes with very legitimate sounding subjects.  This causes most users to open the attachments and inect their PC’s.

So I have found several reasons fro the increased attacks

http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=9175

and

http://www.spamfighter.com/News-14908-Increasing-Sasfis-Botnet-Variants-continue-Delivering-Spam-Fortinet.htm

The emails look very legitimate.  In some case from online stores, banks etc look EXACTLY like emails you would normally receive from the legitimate vendors.   They are crafted in such a way as to bypass existing spam filter technology and everyone is scrambling to come up with new rules to block them.

For now your best defense is DO NOT OPEN ANY ATTACHMENTS from people you do not know and are not expecting attachments sent to you.  This is a tried and true rule that many users forget in their daily routines.

If your PC is slowing down or generally acting strange contact and IT Management professional and get it cleaned.  the sooner the better!

jason

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