FIFA World Cup Scammers Using Double Attack Mode Says Symantec Hosted Services

image If one is good, then two must be better, right? FIFA World Cup  scammers apparently believe this double whammy approach will be more successful in helping them overcoming security safeguards, and perhaps even a targeted victim’s reluctance to engage with malicious email.

According to Symantec Hosted Services’ MessageLabs Intelligence unit, they have intercepted “a run of 45 targeted malware emails in route to a number of Brazilian companies across industries”.

The MessageLabs Intelligence unit discovered the attack had been crafted using both an infected  PDF attachment, and a malicious web link. The outcome of this double barreled approach could mean, “even if the malicious PDF attachment is removed by an anti-virus gateway, the malicious link remains in the body of the email and may still be delivered to the recipient” stated Symantec.

As the tournament continues, don’t be surprised to see more World Cup-related spam and malware threats emerge.

You can learn more about World Cup-related spam here.

About MessageLabs Intelligence:

Symantec’s MessageLabs Intelligence is a respected source of data and analysis for messaging security issues, trends and statistics. MessageLabs Intelligence provides a range of information on global security threats based on live data feeds from our control towers around the world scanning billions of messages each week.

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9 responses to “FIFA World Cup Scammers Using Double Attack Mode Says Symantec Hosted Services

  1. Wow! The virus makers are certainly getting clever. Makes you want to stay off the internet entirely.

  2. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    and on it goes eh? You know, I bet these scum would be the first to cry if it actually happened to them. I read a story a few years ago about a Nigerian scammer who had the tables turned on him, he went ballistic, death threats, sending viruses in email etc. The sook lol.


    • Hey Mal,

      I remember something about that. It’s the old – I can dish it out, but I can’t take it, kinda thing. I know the feeling though – when my email got hacked, I definitely wanted to hurt somebody! I’ve been in the odd barroom punchup (in my younger years), and the adrenalin rush was just like that. Don’t think I could handle another hack for a very long time – I might blow a gasket!



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  5. Ranjan

    These bad guys get attracted to such events (to take advantage) as an ant to a sugar cube…


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