The Spamming Grandma of Happiness

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the email addresses I’ve collected over the years gets a lot of Russian spam.

Here’s an example of a Russian language spam which I received a few days ago:

Out of curiousity, I asked Dmitry in our labs if he could translate it into English for me. Here’s what he said:

Red message at the top: The Grandma of Happiness”

The elderly woman wearing the Batman mask is saying: “The dough (money) is here”

Red message at the bottom: “send this to 5 lucky people and receive” (in biblical sense)

In grey: “Bulk email service” (followed by telephone and ICQ contact details).

A lot of the spam we see in Russian follows this kind of tactic, offering bulk-mailing services to firms who think it’s an acceptable method of promoting…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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.