Spam recycling: Why fix it if it ain’t broken?

Why take the trouble and waste the time for writing a new email, when the first one did so well?

In the latest spam campaign hitting inboxes around the world, cyber criminals are trying to trick recipients into downloading an “antispyware program” to help them remove the Conficker worm from their system. The attached file is, of course, a malicious payload.

But what made Graham Cluley remember and search for an example of a previously conducted campaign is the rather glaring typo in the subject line: “Conflicker.B Infection Alert”. As it turns out, the same email was getting massively sent this last October. The only detail in which the two templates differ is the date.

I don’t doubt they campaign will have some success – they obviously always do. But what I would really like to know is if there is a person out there who would fall for it a second time?




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