Threat of distributed spam distraction

Threat of distributed spam distraction

Careful of emails with the world now moving fast and economies going down cybercriminals are carrying out their schemes in the open — you might not have suspected it by now and you’ve probably already been injected by the tools they are using. One scheme that is now going popular is called distributed spam distraction (DSD) and how cybercriminals are launching malicious emails using it to steal valuable information from their victims.

Distributed spam distraction DSD?

Distributed Spam Distraction or DSD is a type of malicious attack wherein cybercriminals through email inboxes with a number of spam emails reaching to a 100,000. These spam emails don’t contain malicious links, lingering ads, or false attachments, and random excerpts of text taken from books and websites. With its volume of these emails, deleting and blocking everything takes a lot of time. And these cybercriminals use different emails and IP addresses, so you and other victims can’t simply block a specific sender.

DSD Spam messages may seem harmless, the truth behind this scheme is to have victims’ attention away from what cybercriminals are doing behind the scenes — stealing and using personally identifiable information. Stealing money from your bank account or making unauthorized purchases in your name. DSD attacks are the thousands of spam emails acting like a front that hides payment confirmation messages.

Distributed spam distraction DSD New tactics

Cybersecurity is now on the update to block these schemes and hackers have developed new DSD tactics. New reports show that instead of nonsensical emails, hackers are using software having targets sign up for thousands of free accounts and newsletters looking good acting as a cover with authentic messages. Allowing DSD blasts to slip past spam filters and texts used in traditional DSD attacks.

In the internet's dark web and cybercriminals pay for DSD services. Servers of a cost $40, cybercriminals can send out 100,000 spam emails to a specific target. Providing the hacker with the target’s name, email address, and credit card number — all of which available on the dark web.

How to protect yourself from DSD

DSD shows that your account has now been attacked by cybercriminals, receiving dozens of emails in rapid succession, contact your bank to cancel any unfamiliar transactions and change your passwords as soon as possible. Update your anti-spam software (or get one if you don’t have one) to protect your inbox from DSD attacks.

Cybercriminals use DSD attacks when they have the target’s email address and personal information, your accounts and identity must be well protected online. Regularly changing passwords and PINs, enabling multifactor authentication, setting up SMS and/or email alerts for whenever online purchases are made, and careful of sharing personal information with others.

DSD is just one of many cyber threats TARC is now updating its cybersecurity department located in Austin, TX. For expert cybersecurity advice on for your safety and security online, get in touch with our team of IT professionals.