It comes as no surprise that as holiday shoppers begin to flood the internet looking for deals, the bad guys will be right behind them hoping to swoop in on an unsuspecting victim.
October saw spammers exploiting the themes of upcoming holidays, the names of well-known telecommunication service providers and the conflict in Syria, according to Kaspersky Lab's latest spam report.
Spam emails impersonating a variety of antivirus vendors have been spotted targeting worried users around the globe, urging them to download and run an “important system update.” “It's highly important to install this security update due to the new malware circulating over the net,” says in the email.
Some malware peddlers might be moving on from using the Blackhole exploit kit to deliver malicious code, but others are still not ready to give up on it, as proven by a spam campaign recently spotted by Trend Micro.
Bitdefender warns that 0.5 per cent of all spam sent worldwide is targeting customers of some of the most popular British financial institutions and services, including PayPal, Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC Holdings and Barclays Bank.
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