An email disguised as a message from the IRS is targeting corporate executive’s information. The email contains a Rich Text File (RTF) titled complaint.rtf, which, if opened, downloads a trojan to the executive’s computer. The trojan steals login passwords and sends them to a remote server.
The Anti-Phising Working Group (APWG) reports that the number Phising URLs detected in April was 55,643, almost double the previous record total.
April also saw a departure from Phishing URLs targeted almost exclusively at stealing login information for Financial Institutions to a more broad focus, including Financial Institutions, Social Netowrking, VOIP, and Email.
Robert Alan Soloway was arrested in Seattle on Wednesday. Dubbed “The Spam King” by authorities, Soloway allegedly spammed tens of millions of messages. Most of these contained links to websites where his company, Newport Internet Marketing, sold products and services.
Soloway was once listed in SpamHuas’s Top 10 list of spammers and is still in the groups list of 135 internationally known spammers. If convicted, Soloway will face a maximum sentence of 65 years with fines up to $250K.
Upon his arrest, writers at publications across the globe suggested that the level of spam would fall dramatically. However, in reality, Soloway was only responsible for a very small percentage of global spam. His place as an uber-spammer has long been filled by Eastern Europoean spam gangs. In fact, spam levels have not decreased at all in the two days following his arrest.
The most positive effect of his arrest is the message it sends to any spammers or would be spammers operating in the US. Now if we could just get the Russins and Ukranians to follow suit…