In attempts to thwart another holiday onslaught of malware containing emails under the false guise of online retailer, Amazon, the company has quarantined more than 600,000 spam messages in the UK.
The emails appear as delivery confirmations requesting additional information in the form of an attached Word document. Should the recipient open the file, a Trojan is activated and downloads malware targeting log-in credentials and personal banking data.
"This is a very popular time of the year for these types of scams with so many people in shopping mode in preparation for the holidays,” said Troy Gill, manager of security research at AppRiver, in a blog post. “With many people expecting purchase confirmations and shipping confirmations with much more frequency, it increases the likelihood that people will fall for this scam."