Category Archives: Spam

Newly Disclosed Vulnerability in MS Word Allows Code Execution Without Macros Enabled

Macros in Microsoft Word documents have been used for malware delivery for a long time. Any document that asks you to “Enable Content” should raise a big red flag. However, a newly disclosed vulnerability in Word allows the download and execution of arbitrary malware even when macros are not enabled. Microsoft has no plans to […]

Spambot Forwards Legitimate Emails With Malware Payload Added

The recent detection of the Onliner spam botnet, which uses 80 million compromised email accounts to send spam to 711 million targets, is shocking in its size but not in the techniques used. Spammers have long used compromised email accounts to send spam. This avoids email filtering based on the source IP address. However, a […]

A Few Users Fooled By Previously Unknown MS Word Bug

Microsoft has just released a patch for a recently discovered bug in Word that allows a malicious document to install malware when opened, even if the user does not enable macros in Office. This vulnerability is being used by spammers to distribute various forms of malware including the Dridex banking trojan. While Cloudmark’s spam filtering […]

Cloudmark’s Annual Global Threat Report for 2015

Cloudmark’s Annual Threat Report for 2015 is now available and covers the following topics: A look at how enterprises are trying to combat spear phishing and how well these attempts succeed or fail, according to a new survey of 300 companies How the Swizzor malware propagates by camouflaging itself to evade spam filters The risks for brands […]

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