How Nigerian internet scammers use global event to exploit victims – Kaspersky

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According to the latest Kaspersky Lab Security Bulletin (www.Kaspersky.co.za), Nigerian fraudsters used global events like the Ukrainian political situation, the Syrian civil war, the election in Nigeria and the earthquake in Nepal to exploit the kindness and empathy of recipients with believable email content in emails which contained content calling for material support for a person in need in 2015.
The internet security giant noted that although the Olympic games in Brazil has yet to take place, fraudsters have already started to exploit the event, sending emails announcing false lottery wins and asking the recipient to fill in a form with their personal details. In these attacks, emails with pdf attachments, pictures and other graphical elements were designed to fool the spam filters.
In the report, Kapersky Lab noted that the volume of spam emails in 2015 decreased to 55.28 per cent of overall email traffic – a fall of 11.48 per cent on the previous year.
The significant slump in spam emails, according to the company can be attributed to the increasing popularity of legal advertising platforms on social networks, coupon clipping service and etc.
Among other trends identified in the Kaspersky Lab spam report are the following. Over three quarters (79 per cent) of all emails sent were less than 2kb, which shows a steady decrease in email size for spam campaigns over the past few years. Financial institutions such as banks, payment systems and online shops were attacked most often with phishing emails (34.33 per cent, a rise of 5.59 per cent).
In 2015, cybercriminals continued to send out fake emails from mobile devices and notifications from mobile apps containing malware or advertising messages.
New tactics being used by cybercriminals, the company said included fraudsters spreading malware in the form of .apk (Android executive files) and .jar (ZIP archives containing …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper