FAKE LINKEDIN INVITATION EMAILS LEAD TO MALWARE ATTACKS – CYBEROAM INTERNET THREAT REPORT
Paypal account-holders targeted in phishing scam – fake Amazon.com order confirmation reported
Ahmedabad, India. 15 November, 2010
Cyberoam, a division of Elitecore Technologies and the innovator of identity-based Unified Threat Management (UTM) solutions, today announced the Q3, 2010 Internet threats trend report, prepared in collaboration with its partner, Commtouch. The report brought out several recent episodes of LinkedIn users being bombarded with fake invitations and reminders, leading to a variety of malware pages including PC infections by data theft Trojans.
The emails, which looked like official Linkedin messages, claimed that pending invitations awaited the recipient’s response thereby, prompting him or her to visit their supposedly Linkedin email inboxes. However, clicking the email links only led to a variety of malware and garden-variety pharmacy web pages.
Says Abhilash Sonwane, VP-Product Management, Cyberoam, “We are seeing an increasing trend where users of social networking sites are becoming victims of brutal malware attacks because of the huge popularity of these sites. If as an individual user, you come across several annoying LinkedIn invites in your Gmail inbox, simply report them as Spam, especially if you didn’t recognize the name of the person who’s inviting you. Some of these LinkedIn invites are being sent to organizations to skilfully collect personal information. Thus, organizations should encourage individuals to promptly delete such requests.”
This quarter also saw incidents where URLs of popular shopping sites were abused by Phishing scam operators without the site owner being aware of such abuse. In one such incident, a webpage exactly resembling Paypal.com used the URL of a shopping site, was set up to collect log-in information of the Paypal account holder. Another set of well-crafted emails mimicking Amazon.com order confirmations were detected, all of which led to short-lived malware websites.
In other stories, popular courier agencies DHL and FedEx featured in Top 25 sites that sent fake invoice emails with malware attachments. Spam levels averaged 88% of all email traffic throughout the quarter, peaking at almost 95% in mid-September. India, which had unceremoniously emerged as the number one zombie hotspot in the last quarter, again claimed the top zombie producer title with a marginal increase of 1%.
Cyberoam identity-based UTM appliances offer comprehensive protection against existing and emerging Internet threats, including viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, phishing, pharming and more. Cyberoam UTM delivers the complete range of security features such as stateful inspection firewall, VPN, gateway anti-virus, gateway anti-malware, gateway anti-spam, intrusion prevention system, content filtering in addition to bandwidth management and multiple link management over a single platform. Cyberoam UTM has recently upgraded its feature offerings with the launch of Version X – application Layer 7 Visibility, IM Management and Control, 3G/WWAN Connectivity, Extensible Security Architecture, Next-generation UI and “IPv6 Ready” Gold Logo.
The Cyberoam solution portfolio also includes Cyberoam iView, a logging and reporting appliance, Cyberoam SSL VPN appliances and Cyberoam Endpoint Data Protection suite to protect data and manage assets over endpoints in organizations. Cyberoam is certified with CheckMark UTM Level 5 Certification, ICSA Labs, and is a member of the Virtual Private Network Consortium. Cyberoam has offices in Woburn, MA and India. For more information, please visit www.cyberoam.com
About Elitecore Technologies
Elitecore Technologies Limited, a Carlyle-invested company, is the global provider of Cyberoam UTM appliances. Elitecore’s other divisions include CRESTEL Convergent Billing Solution that meets the voice, data, video billing and customer care requirements of Tier-1 service providers and 24online Billing and Bandwidth Management Solution for hotels, hotspots and Internet service providers. Elitecore has a strong R&D base and support center in India. For more information, please visit www.elitecore.com
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