Cats demand spam in Russia

Graham Cluley

For some reason, one of my non-Sophos email addresses receives a lot of Russian language spam. I’m not sure why, because I don’t speak the language and the address isn’t connected with anything of a Russian nature, but I would guess that it probably receives more spam in Russian than any other language.

Today I received a spam email with a file attached called KotVShoke.GIF:

As you can see, it shows a cat up to some semi-airborne shenanigans in a cage.

Dmitry, one of the Russian speakers in our labs, tells me that the message on the image reads “I need spam now! or “Urgent need for spam”, effectively inviting you to contact the spammer via telephone or ICQ. Curiously the phone number – which I have blurred out above – has been obfuscated by the spammers by using characters instead of numbers.

KotVShoke.GIF, by the way, translates as “The Cat Is Shocked.GIF”

So what is this all about? Well, in Russia it’s quite common to receive spam about spam. Spam isn’t illegal over there,…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.