Nigeria spam fuels malicious cyber attacks

May 13, 2016 5:58 am6 commentsViews: 23

cyber attacks in NgLAGOS, (CAJ News) – NIGERIAN spammers have been cited among schemers that have led to a significant increase in malicious spam emails in the first quarter of this year.

Kaspersky Lab, the international cyber security firm, reported thwarting  over 22 million malicious mailshots attachments in March, twice the number  of attempts reported in February.

The quantity of emails with malicious attachments has increased significantly, soaring to more than three times higher in the first  quarter of the year from the same period in 2015.

Kaspersky Lab’s findings suggest that spam was becoming more popular for  fraudsters to target internet users, because web browsing is becoming  safer.

The global online security firm said well-known Nigerian spammers also used terrorist topics in their emails.

According to a Kaspersky Lab report, the quantity of these emails has increased considerably.

These spammers previously preferred to send long emails with a detailed  story, and links to news to make it more convincing. However, they are now  only sending short messages with no detail, asking the recipients to get
in touch.

“Fraudsters are using diverse methods to attract user attention, and to  make them drop their guard,” noted Daria Gudkova, Spam Analysis Expert at  Kaspersky Lab.

He added spammers were employing a diversity of languages, social engineering methods, different types of malicious attachments, as well as the partial personalisation of email text to look more convincing.

The fake messages often imitate notifications from well-known organisations and services.

“This is raising spam to a new dangerous level,” warned Gudkova.

Nigerian spam refers to a type of computer fraud that aims to  underhandedly get access to a user’s bank account or to extort money from them.

The standard theme exploited by the spam is the need to move large sums of cash internationally.

The recipient of the Nigerian letter is usually asked to provide  assistance in obtaining the cash.

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