In the second quarter of 2011, Kaspersky Lab experts have identified a new trend as spammers began using the various cloud services available online. Some emails contained links to the services of Google, which directed users to websites with ads or to phishing websites. Users are less likely to suspect such pages. This is because the spamming emails redirect to pages of popular online resources (eg Google Docs), while connecting using the secure HTTPS protocol that supports encryption and this reduces suspicion to some extent.
The task of spaming has lost its global nature, as spammers are forced to use smaller botnets as efficiently as possible. This means that they must choose their targets more carefully and to participate in what is known as “spear phishing” or targeted phishing. In such cases, the cyber criminals know the name of the target, even the name of the company where he/she works. When “armed” with such information, it is very easy to gain user’s confidence.