The hidden purpose of spam: one click from downloading malware

Spam driven malware

Spam has always been considered one of the easiest methods to deliver malware to target devices. Once the computer virus is launched, it does not take too long for a group to start looking for an effective spam campaign. The only thing they need is to trick their victim into downloading the attachment or clicking the link incorporated to the message body.

The main aim of is to help you spot these malicious email messages seeking to lead you to the infiltration of malware. Below, you can find the main types of spam and their ways of functionality.

Spam filled with lottery scams is still popular

Even if you are not a proficient computer user, you must have seen once an email message encouraging you to reclaim your supposedly won iPhone or similar prize. Lottery-topic had been a huge hit several years ago and, unfortunately, it is still very popular among spammers. Nowadays users are more aware of such deception type and do not click links added to such messages without checking them first. However, virus researchers can still find victims of malware complaining about getting infected system after clicking the link that offered them a new smartphone.

“Invoice” email spam is the most dangerous

Observing the latter years, spam emails went to a completely new level. They became extremely popular among hackers due to the emergence of ransomware. The success of such file-encrypting viruses, as Locky and Cerber determined a successful exploitation of malicious attachments. Typically, they are presented as invoices, package delivery notifications, FBI warnings or similar government-related messages. Alarmed by such message, users are usually tricked into clicking its attachment to find out about the current situation. Unfortunately, the result of such act is installation of malware.

Fake updates are still used by virus makers

The danger of encountering malware is not limited to these particular forms of spam. At least once, you might have received an email message which prompts you to update Adobe Reader or Flash Player. If you have doubts, you should check the official website of such software. Otherwise, you can run to more severe cyber consequences.

While the latter scam is no novelty as it reappears every year, each of these scam campaigns may indeed leave you in bewilderment. Unfortunately, the greed for money and the fear of governmental authorities remains the driving force for hackers and crooks to develop more exquisite spam techniques. Besides having digital software to counterattack them, rational thinking and cautiousness remain to be ultimate weapons.

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