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Email Threats Highlights: US Airways and American Airlines Spam

08
Feb
2013

Our researchers in the AV Labs found the following malicious spam campaigns related to airline flights that we’re highlighting this week:

  • ‘Preferred Seat Order’ leads to malware infection. Patrons of American Airlines (AA) were targetted by online criminals via a surge of spam claiming to be “preferred seat order” email notifications.  Image and text links on the message body, once clicked, led users to BlackholeZbot system infections.

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    This isn’t the first time spammers banked on AA to get clicks to infection sites. Unfortunately, we don’t expect this to be the last.

  • US Airways online reservation spam makes a comeback. Similar to the AA campaign above, this spam also disguised itself as a notification email. At the time of discovery and writing, we found that users who click links on its message body were directed to pages where a Blackhole exploit code is housed.

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    Last known variant of this spam was spotted and documented two months ago.

The GFI Labs Team

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