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New round of greeting card spam

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Merv

Malware writers are getting more sophisticated, may they all rot in hell.

A new round of greeting card spam that draws users to attack sites relies on a sophisticated multi-pronged, multi-exploit strike force to infect machines, security professionals said late Thursday.

Captured samples of the spam have all borne the same subject line -- "You've received a postcard from a family member!" -- and contain links to a malicious Web site, where JavaScript determines whether the victim's browser has scripting enabled or turned off.

"If JavaScript is disabled, then they provide you a handy link to click on to exploit yourself," said an alert posted Thursday afternoon by SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center (ISC). Some users turn off scripting because it is a frequent attack vector; browsers with JavaScript enabled are simply fed a two-part package of downloader and malware.

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Rolé

I've received quite a few of those types of e-mails lately. I just delete them. Haven't even tried to view the website.

Usually when you receive a legitimate greeting card from somebody, the name of the person who sent it to you will also appear in the e-mail. So, if you get one just saying it comes from a family member or a friend, then I'd be very suspicious.

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