A recently-spotted Skype spam operation has put users at risk of falling victim to possible fake antivirus attacks.
The attackers are using automated messages to place calls through the Skype VoIP service. The messages claim to be from a "system update" service and warn the user that their systems is currently lacking adequate security protection.
It was only a matter of time until cyber crooks would begin taking advantage of the DigiNotar breach and the news of the revocation of many of its certificates to trick users into downloading malware.
The latest spam campaign spotted by Barracuda targets the customers of the Royal Bank of Canada, and the email sent to them contain "Your digital certificate has expired!" in the subject line and a spoofed From field (click on the screenshot to enlarge it):
With the kids on holiday from school and a lot of people away this month, you'd expect things to be quiet on the malware front, but Israel's Commtouch is reporting a massive 500% surge in e-mail-delivered malware over the last week.
According to Commtouch director Avi Turiel, one of the lynchpins of this surging email malware campaign is the infamous UPS `you have a parcel' message, pushing email malware levels to around 5.5 times the normal weekly level seen in previous weeks, and emulating a surge that the web and messaging security firm tracked in March of this year.
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals last week reversed a district court and reinstated a Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) claim brought by an employer against a labor union for “bombarding” the computer systems of its sales and executive offices with emails and voicemails making it impossible for the company to communicate with its customers and vendors. Pulte Homes, Inc v. Laborers’ International Union of North America, 2011 WL 3274014 (6th Cir. Aug 2, 2011).
A Las Vegas man accused of sending more than 27 million spam messages to Facebook users faces federal fraud and computer tampering charges that could send him to prison for more than 40 years, according to a grand jury indictment.
Sanford Wallace, the self-proclaimed "Spam King", pleaded not guilty during an initial court appearance last week after being indicted July 6 on six counts of electronic mail fraud, three counts of intentional damage to a protected computer and two counts of criminal contempt.