Spammers' New Methods of Deception Uncovered
Now that spam blockers and security companies have caught on, spammers have moved on to their next method of attack: rogue file attachments.
In three short months, PDF (Portable Document Format) attachments have gone from non-existent as a form of spam to a surprising eight percent. Storm, a virus that disguises itself as an electronic greeting card, fools spam blockers since the e-mail looks like a harmless nice note from a friend. Even Excel files and Zip archives are becoming tools of the e-scammer, each capable of being embedded with spyware and "mail bots," programs that use your computer to send spam.
Always remember: Never open attachments from untrusted sources anyway.
From USA Today