New BlackHole email campaign found

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Attackers are delivering the popular crimeware kit BlackHole through “urgent” messages designed to look like emails from financial institutions and well-known companies like LinkedIn, Facebook and American Airlines. 

The emails include links to compromised sites where vulnerabilities in various operating systems, including Android and Windows, are exploited, according to Paras Gupta, a McAfee researcher who published a blog post Wednesday on the spam campaigns.

Notifications purporting to be about bills, pending wire transfers, completed orders and unread messages on social networking sites are among the email subject lines used to lure victims.

The malicious links often end in “/random_word.html” or “/random_word.php,” and the emails' unsubscribe links are usually missing or have been replaced with malicious URLs, Gupta said.

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