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.
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