The misuse of legitimate services continue as after recent reports of cybercriminals exploitng the redirecting service Tiny URL to slip past spam filters, legitimate e-card services are now being used.
We have received email samples that arrive as ecards with the subject header “Regards From Secret Admirer”.
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Recently, Forcepoint Security Labs have encountered a strain of scam emails that attempts to extort money out of users from Australia and France, among other countries.
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The spammed messages are already blocked by the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network.
Cyber-extortion is a prevalent cybercrime tactic today wherein digital assets of users and organizations are held hostage in order to extract money out of the victims.
Largely, this takes in the form of ransomware although data exposure threats - i.e.
Below is an example of one of the emails used: The campaign is active as of this writing.
It is using multiple email subjects including but not limited to: The scale of this campaign suggests that the threat is ultimately empty: between August 11 to 18, over 33,500 related emails were captured by our systems.
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