Kaspersky Lab Warns Against Malware in the Form of Groupons

November 14, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Malware through emails are nothing new, and people become familiar with some of the tricks that could prove harmful. But then we get new spam every day, evolving to best the sense of commoners.

One such novel method to send malware is through group coupons. A study by security firm Kaspersky lab has revealed that spammers are disguising malware as e-mail advertisements and notifications.

The firm’s spring report outlined the emergence of coupon spam mail, and since then, the firm says that it has been on the rise. The new method involves the addition of malicious links instead of just attaching viruses as files to these types of e-mails, and the most prevalent ones are in the form of Groupons.

“Kaspersky Lab experts expected to see the appearance of this type of spam since coupons are very popular among Internet users and they trust coupon services. An e-mail from a coupon service is an ideal disguise for malicious users,” the study reported.

Well, don’t be alarmed. There are ways to avoid being duped and risk your computer.

The first thing to bear in mind is that coupon services never include attachments in their e-mails. So it would do you good if you double-check whether the mail you received is actually from a legitimate service; to check the authenticity, check if the sender’s name is authentic or hover your mouse over the links so that you will get a preview of what URLs they are linked to.

Popular spam emails that are sent in the form of notifications include fake letters from hosting services, banking systems, social networks, online stores and hotel confirmations. According to the Kaspersky Lab report, spamming is a huge presence in the e-mail world, with general spam taking up 71.5 percent of e-mails, while emails that contain malicious attachments account for 3.9 percent of emails.

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