Besides ash clouds, now also spam waves due to Eyjafjallajökull volcano

G Data warns against volcano scam mails

04/21/2010 | Bochum (Germany) 

Security expert G Data has noticed a huge increase of spam mails with "volcano" subject lines. The topic of the Icelandic volcano eruption brings cyber criminals to use the topic for their means - they send spam mails, which lead to shady online pharmacy shops.



Some subject examples:

·         Fears volcano chaos will continue abjoint

·         Fears volcano chaos will continue actionless

·         Fears volcano chaos will continue adnexed

·         Fears volcano chaos will continue advert

·         Iceland volcano disrupts flights absentee

·         Iceland volcano disrupts flights accumulable

·         Iceland volcano disrupts flights adore

·         Iceland volcano disrupts flights adventurist

·         Sport left grounded by volcano ablegates

·         Sport left grounded by volcano acedias

·         Sport left grounded by volcano aerolith

·         Sport left grounded by volcano aerophysics

·         Volcano ash affects air travel acroesthesia

“Up until now, we have not yet seen any volcano mails that are actually harmful to the computer. However, this is probably just a matter of time. We therefore  advice everyone to discard unwanted e-mails from unknown senders without opening them. If you have opened a spam message by mistake, you should make sure not to click on any links. That way you prevent falling victim to a drive-by-download attack.” Explains Ralf Benzmüller, head of G Data’s SecurityLab.

Screenshot of one of the volcano mails: 


 

Screenshot of one of the pharmacy shops the spam mails lead to:


Danielle van Leeuwen