–BY FRANK RICKERT–
European internet mailboxes are being flooded by fake emails. The reason is a change in the European money transfer system. National bank transaction rules will soon be replaced by unified rules for all European citizens. The new system is called SEPA – Single Euro Payments Area. In the future it will be more difficult to see who is transferring money to your bank account and vice versa, who received money from you because the details of the person or bank that did the transfer will be converted to a number. Implementing the new system has been delayed many times and will affect a large number of account owners. All in all, it is a pretty big mess and an ideal situation for phishing attacks.
CYREN’s GlobalView™ Security Lab (GSL) has discovered several emails sent in the name of different European bank institutes asking for personal and secure data like TAN number. The spammers copy parts of the bank’s original HTML page and add a form for the phished data
Fake website with an original part a phishing form
– BY FRANK RICKERT –
CYREN’s GlobalView™ Security Lab (GSL) has detected a huge increase in spam over the last few days with the share of spam approaching 90% of all email traffic. In comparison the average spam share in January 2014 was 75%. After analyzing the traffic it became clear that one campaign was behind the increase. The subject lines include:
“BREAKING NEWS: Special Report”
“BREAKING NEWS: It’s hard to believe, but…”.
CYREN, previously operating as Commtouch® (NASDAQ: CTCH), today announced access to the CYREN Security Center, which gives the industry online insight to the latest global trends in Internet security at www.CYREN.com/security-center.
As a leading global information security company relied upon by the world’s largest service providers and software vendors for Web, email, and mobile protection, CYREN presents its Security Center as part of its effort to further expand the visibility into its powerful GlobalView™ Security Cloud, the most robust malware transaction base in the industry.
Based on this extensive GlobalView cloud infrastructure, the online Security Center shows the full scope of global Web, email and mobile threats, featuring a homepage map that illustrates the reach of malware, phishing and spam – such as new malware sites in Chile, new Android malware detected in Cambodia, and new spam domains in Taiwan.
Today the Commtouch Security Lab (CSL) published its Security Number of the Month for December: Ninety days ago a substantial spam campaign focusing on dubious offers and fake prizes began. However since December 10, the campaign has been thematically recycled and sent as a Christmas themed email, featuring subjects such as “Letter from Santa For Your Child.”
Today, Commtouch published results of a poll among recent Don’t Risk the Blacklist – Stop Outbound Spam webinar participants. The December 4th poll of the Commtouch webinar attendees shows that nearly 90 percent of their respective organizations have had an IP address appear on a blacklist in the last 12 months.
The most common reason for blacklisting remains outbound spam, with the most popular outbound spam sources being:
- Zombies, which are responsible for sending approximately 85 percent of all unwanted email messages, send spam directly to the Internet using port 25
- User accounts or domains created exclusively for spamming
- Cybercriminals using compromised user accounts to send out spam