Special Event Malware Spam
PLEASE NOTE: The 'From:' e-mail address mentioned for each e-mail on this page, is often a spoofed e-mail address and not necessarily the true origin of the malicious e-mail. Any links displayed in the e-mail below are only used by the spammer as the anchor text for the dangerous link and is not necessarily the website responsible for the malicious software.
Date: 04 September 2007
Sender: User rsnnac <rsnnac@jwpij>
Subject: Your Friend Sends A Labor Day Greeting
You have received a holiday greeting, to accept it, please use this link: http://msn.com/eg4/laborday?1eg3nqpj24i7kx2yse3fuljisyx
Most countries celebrate Labour Day on the 1st of May, but Canadians and Americans celebrate it on the first Monday of September. In 2007 the first Monday of September was on the 3rd, so this e-mail was sent a day too late. Therefore this spam e-mail has a very limited chance of success in countries other than Canada and the United States. People who celebrate Labour Day on the 1st of May, should be ashamed of themselves if they clicked on the link provided in this e-mail.
Date: 31 December 2006
From: wharves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Wishing You Happy New Year!
A blank e-mail, containing a dangerous attachment, sent on a strategic time. Other variants include special occasions like your birthday (will be hard to guess the date though), Thanksgiving, Christmas day, celebration of historical events, anniversaries, other public holidays, etc.
Similar e-mails pretend to have a video of some newsworthy (often shocking) event. Below are just a few of the many (un-edited) subject lines used by malware spammers (with the name of the malicious file in brackets):
- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has kicked German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Read More.exe)
- Russian missle shot down USA aircraft (Video.exe)
- Chinese missile shot down Russian aircraft (Full Clip.exe)
- Chinese missile shot down USA aircraft (Full Video.exe)
- Third World War just have started! (More Here.exe)
- Israel Just Have Started World War III (Read Me.exe)