Kaspersky Lab’s experts uncovered a series of unwanted and unsolicited e-mails distributed in the first quarter of 2019. They included fake job offers that seemed to come from recruiting departments of large companies that had attracted a lot of attention job seekers, however, it appeared that these emails originated from spam scammers and they prove malware on victims’ computers to steal money.

The results show that junk e-mail recipients have offered them attractive jobs at a major company, where they are invited to join a free job search system by installing an application on their device that provides access to a job database.

To make the installation look trustworthy, the scammers attached it to a window with DDoS Protection and a fake message claiming to redirect the user to the Web site of one of the largest recruitment agencies.

Other findings included in the report include: Phishing:     

  • The anti-phishing unit of Kaspersky Lab prevented 111,832,308 attempts to direct users to deceptive Web sites in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 24 percent over the first quarter of 2018, which saw 9,024,560 attempts.
  • The banking sector has become the first target, followed by global Internet portals and payment systems.
  • Brazil ranked first in terms of the largest proportion of users who were subjected to phishing attacks during the first quarter of 2019, followed by Austria and Spain.

Spam:     

  • Spam in the first quarter of 2019 peaked in March, and the share of spam in the global e-mail traffic was 56 percent, up 4 percent from the first quarter of 2018.     
  • China was the first source of spam, followed by the United States and Russia.   
  • Germany was the country most targeted by malicious e-mail messages, followed by Vietnam and Russia.

Source : Kaspersky

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