Malicious Spammers Using Social Network Templates

London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 01, 2011 -- With most Internet users active on one or more social networks, they are likely to recognize email notifications that appear to come from the networks they use and assume they are legitimate. Spammers take advantage of this trust by sending their messages using the same templates. Users who fall for such scams may end up on phishing sites or find themselves infected with malware.

In recent months, Facebook's template was the most popular with spammers, followed by Twitter and YouTube. However, the templates appear to be used in rotation for campaigns lasting between 15 and 20 days each.

At the same time, Symantec has reported a growth in spam using the Chinese language. Given the increase in Internet usage in China - whose online population has been the largest in the world for some time - this comes as little surprise. It is also little surprise to find that Chinese language spam uses the same obfuscation techniques as those used in English language spam.

The volume of spam circulating worldwide increased rapidly until a few years ago - but a number of successful attempts at taking down botnets has recently brought this rapid growth to a halt. However, rather than concentrating on quantity, spammers are now looking to improve the 'quality' of the spam they send - working harder on making their messages appear legitimate and targeting smaller groups of users.

In other news fake antivirus rogues are still causing problems to innocent web surfers.

The Google Redirect Virus [] is still wreaking havoc. The main reason why this virus is one of the most damaging is that it cannot be removed with traditional antivirus programs. Instead, you need to use special methods or tools to get rid of it, which have remained a mystery until now.

Windows Microsoft Guardian is a dangerous scamware that has its primary intention to rip people off out of their money. Windows Microsoft Guardian GUI looks like that of other malwares hailing from the same dangerous family.

Windows Antispy Network is malicious program that has been found unnoticeably infecting computer users with a help of Trojans. By convincing them that computer is dangerously infected, malware additionally offers to purchase its licensed version which is paid, of course.

Windows Cleaning Tool is a dangerous cyber threat which may surprise you by unexpected appearance. This program is capable to get inside the system through security vulnerabilities found and additionally set itself to start once PC is rebooted. Please, be sure you remove WindowsCleaningTool once you see it on your computer.

Windows Clear Problems is a typical rogue anti-spyware which should be included into the family of rogue anti-spywares which is called braviax201102. Just like earlier released variants of this family, this version may enter your PC without being noticed by your antivirus.

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