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Valentine’s Day Spam – Get Ready for the Blitz!

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In real life, love can sometimes leave you with a broken heart. But in Internet life (not that it’s not “real”), love can leave you with a broken heart, a broken wallet, and much more likely, now that Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, a broken/infected computer.

With just a week to go before this annual romantic holiday which celebrates friendship, love, and marriage, it’s time, once again, to be on the lookout for Valentine’s Day spam.

“Love” spam historically rises 700% or more, as we approach Valentine’s Day, and this year, I’ve noticed a definite increase in the “Russian Bride’” spam scam. I had to laugh, when I read one pundit referring to this type of invitation as, “male insecurity spam”.

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It’s estimated that this year, 8 per cent of “romantic” emails, or one in every 12 emails, is likely to contain malware. So, stay alert when dealing with emails that claim to be Valentine’s greeting cards, romantic videos, etc. Make sure you have an effective security solution installed, capable of detecting both known and new malware strains.

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Valentines Day Spam – You’ve Been Warned!

Valentine gif Ah, the power of love!

In real life love can leave you with a broken heart. In Internet life (not that it’s not “real”) love can leave you with a broken heart, a broken wallet, and much more likely, now that Valentines Day is almost upon us, a broken computer.

It’s time once again to be on the lookout for Valentine’s Day spam, and to be particularly cautious this year, of any emails that contain the subject line words “Me and You,” “In Your Arms” and “With all my love”.

Unaware users who click on the embedded link contained in these spam emails will be rewarded by having their computer infected with the Waledec Storm worm. As an added reward, the worm will gather email addresses stored on the victims machine and attempt to infect the relevant computers.

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Researchers at many of the major security vendors believe, this year’s spam campaign is being brought to us by the same folks who used the Storm botnet in both 2007 and 2008, to flood the Internet with Valentine’s Day spam.

It’s estimated that this year, 8 per cent of “romantic” emails, or one in every 12 emails, is likely to contain malware.

You know what to do, right?

Install WOT (Web of Trust), an Internet Explorer/FireFox add-on that offers substantial protection against questionable or unsafe websites, and as a bonus, offers protection against questionable or unsafe links in your email. For more information on this impressive security add-on please read “Love WOT And It Will Love You Right Back!”, on this site.

Don’t open emails that come from unknown sources.

Don’t click on any links included in email messages, even though they may come from reliable sources. Instead, type link in the address bar.

Don’t run attached files that come from unknown sources; especially these days.

Stay alert for files that claim to be Valentine’s greeting cards, romantic videos, etc.

Make sure you have an effective security solution installed, capable of detecting both known and new malware strains.

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Warning! – Valentine’s Day Storm Worm – Be Prepared

valentines-day-2.jpgI remember last February thinking the whole world had suddenly fallen in love with me. I use 5 different email services, all for different purposes, and each of my mailboxes was overflowing with Valentine’s Day greeting cards. 

Now I’m a nice guy, (I think), but nice enough to have my inboxes stuffed with Valentines? I don’t think so now, and I didn’t think so then. I mean, how many emails are you likely to get stating, “Falling in love with you”, “Sending you my love”, “Memories of you” or “I Love You Soo Much”? 

Of course what was really happening was we were faced with an avalanche of “romantic” emails seeded with the Storm Worm. The worm delivers rootkits which, if downloaded, takes control of a system via peer-to-peer communications, potentially making compromised systems a tool in identity theft and financial loss. 

The body of the email contains a link to an IP address-based website, which is actually one of the many PCs in the storm network of compromised computers. The website displays a large red heart, while installing malware onto your computer. It’s estimated that this year, 8 per cent of “romantic” emails, or one in every 12 emails, is likely to contain malware. 

To further complicate matters, according to PandaLabs, Panda Security’s laboratory for detecting and analyzing malware, it has detected two new worms, Nuwar.OL and Valentin.E, which use Valentine’s Day email messages to spread. Basically, these two new worms mimic the behavior of the Storm Worm. 

You know what to do, right?

  • Don’t open emails that come from unknown sources. 
  • Don’t click on any links included in email messages, even though they may come from reliable sources. Instead, type link in the address bar.
  • Don’t run attached files that come from unknown sources; especially these days.
  • Stay alert for files that claim to be Valentine’s greeting cards, romantic videos, etc.
  • Make sure you have an effective security solution installed, capable of detecting both known and new malware strains.

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