Spammers Use Spyware To Trick You Into Opening Spam

from the sneaky-sneaky dept

The war over spam keeps escalating, and it’s pretty obvious that the spammers have been winning in many cases. Once they figured out how to get Trojans onto computer, creating their own virtual spamming super computer, spammers have adopted this method for most of the spam they send out. However, they’re now adopting another net.annoyance to piss everyone off. They’re using spyware to get personal details about you that they can then use to get you to open their spam messages. In other words, they’re doing some keylogging, not necessarily to get your credit card and bank account info (not that they wouldn’t mind that info, of course), but to put the name of your children or your dog into the subject line, making it much more likely that you’ll open the spam message. Of course, it seems they didn’t consider the next step, which is that it also makes it much less likely that someone will actually buy. By tricking them into opening such a message, spammers will tend to both creep people out and piss them off. That’s usually not the best sales combination.

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Ed says:


I call BS on this. Sure, if a message had a subject with your pet’s name, you might open it, but just how does any spyware determine which sequence among the ten billion characters stored on your computer’s disk is your cat’s name? It’s not like there’s a standard registry entry for that, and it would be much easier to search for things that fit regular patterns, such as credit card numbers, or that go into well-defined fields in web page forms, such as username/password combinations.

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