Commtouch Security Number of the Month for December 2013: 90-Day Spam Campaign Turns to Santa in December

Commtouch Security Number of the Month for December 2013: 90-Day Spam Campaign
                          Turns to Santa in December

PR Newswire

MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 18, 2013

MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Today the Commtouch Security Lab
(CSL) published its Security Number of the Month for December: Ninety days
ago a substantial spam campaign focusing on dubious offers and fake prizes
began. However since December 10, the campaign has been thematically recycled
and sent as a Christmas themed email, featuring subjects such as "Letter from
Santa For Your Child."

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The Christmas-related modification to the large-scale spam campaign
illustrates that holidays are often intentionally used by cybercriminals to
rejuvenate and lengthen their otherwise ordinary spam campaigns.

This spam campaign previously centered around dubious offers providing
unbelievable deals on numerous products. It also notified recipients that they
had allegedly won a prize and asked them to answer a few questions and provide
a physical address. Those who responded unknowingly signed up for costly
newsletters or services.

After 90 days, the cyber crooks simply altered their social engineering to
focus on Christmas by soliciting orders for "the perfect gift for any child" –
a letter from Santa postmarked from the North Pole. The revised approach is a
clear example of how these criminals repurpose an existing spam campaign by
maximizing the power of time-sensitive social engineering – sadly, an
incredibly efficient tactic.

A sample of the thematically "recycled" spam can be found on the Commtouch
blog:

http://blog.commtouch.com/cafe/commtouch-security-number-of-the-month/90-day-spam-campaign-turns-to-santa-in-december

Each month, the research team at Commtouch^® (NASDAQ: CTCH), a leading
provider of Internet security technology and cloud-based services, presents
the "Commtouch Security Number of the Month" – a number representing and
illustrating a current issue or trend in Internet security.

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About Commtouch

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increasing the value and profitability of our customers' solutions by
protecting billions of Internet transactions on a daily basis. With 12 global
data centers and award-winning, patented technology, Commtouch's email, Web,
and antivirus capabilities easily integrate into our customers' products and
solutions, keeping safe more than 550 million end users. To learn more, visit
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