Spammers Finding New Ways to Deliver Old Spam


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.

Written by Sue Walsh


  1. Ivy Stantel · June 10, 2012

    Yeah, many can see phishing attacks in social media sites. We’ve seen our own friends or contacts being used to spread the malwares usually through links with highly controversial images (read: adult).

    So, how do we stave off those attacks? Yeah, intensive and extensive user information campaign, perhaps? But despite any form of repeated warning, some people are not as forthcoming or as smart as we want them to be. It’s a serious threat to productivity, I tell you; something that human resource personnel should be wary about. And that takes it to the level of corporate importance. Again, what can companies do?

  2. Stu Richards · June 10, 2012

    As quiet as the U.S. has been about its involvement in Stuxnet, I don’t see them stepping up to defend its businesses and citizens from the same kind of sneak attacks it’s involved in. If the general public were more upset about those actions, an agency would be allocated or established to do just such a thing, especially in a contentious election year such as this one.

  3. Clarissa Sabal · July 1, 2012

    Be wary of joining groups in social media sites even with valid names especially if you don’t know who created it. They could come in the form of Causes or even fun groups. This is one way for them to harvest your emails and other contact information especially since some people put their email addresses and phone numbers on their Facebook profiles.

    Purge your contacts, the pages you like and the groups you join regularly. Just because I friend you trust or a friend is known to be prudent is liking that particular page or joining that particular group, it does not mean that it’s not being used to harvest information.

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