View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you

Anti-spam laws exploited south of the Canadian border

Phishing campaigners are taking advantage of legislation intended to protect users.

By Jimmy Nicholls

A US phishing campaign is mimicking a Canadian scam taking advantage of the country’s new anti-spam laws, according to security firm Symantec.

Users are sent emails asking for consent to future correspondence with a bank, under the pretence that an American anti-spam law has just come into effect.

Binny Kuriakose, senior security response technician at Symantec, said: "Phishing emails masquerading as banking communications are observed in huge quantities every single day.

"Spammers will often exploit global news and major world events to carry out phishing attacks."

A link in the email sends users to a page purporting to confirm consent of emails to be sent, with users being asked to divulge personal information then used to access their bank account.

The domain name of the phishing page gives away the fraudulent nature of the site, with the link disguised through a URL shortening service.

Content from our partners
Unlocking growth through hybrid cloud: 5 key takeaways
How businesses can safeguard themselves on the cyber frontline
How hackers’ tactics are evolving in an increasingly complex landscape

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.