Topics in Email Security - Network Security Office

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Topics in Email Security IS&T All Staff Meeting Tuesday, April 7, 2011

Brian Allen, CISSP [email protected] Network Security Analyst, Washington University in St. Louis

Email Security Tip #1

• Do not click on links in emails

Email Security Tip #2

• See Tip #1

(Thanks Barb!)

Spam Product Supplier Accountant

Seller 1

Seller 2

Seller 3






Spammer2 Spammer1

Spammer3 Spammer2

Where Does Spam Originate? Why Do We Care? • Spam = Bots (Large armys of infected machines sending out spam) • Bots = Sophisticated Malware • Sophisticated Malware = Organized Crime • More than 89% of all email messages were spam in 2010 - Symantec

Spam is Big Business • Rates for one million email addresses: $25 to $50 • 10,000 malware installations: $300–$80 • Sending 100 million emails per day: $10,000 per month • Cutwail’s profit for providing spam services: $1.7 - $4.2 million since June 2009 – Aug 2010 • How much do the spammers gross per day? $7000

Underground Economy • Spammers also are involved in: – CAPTCHA solving – Email harvesting – Custom software – Bulletproof hosting – Proxys

Spam Volume • From Jul 30 - Aug 25, 2010 security researchers infiltrated the Cutwail spam network and discovered 87.7 billion emails were successfully sent

Spam Content • • • • • •

Pornography Online pharmacies Phishing Money mule recruitment Malware The malware (Zeus banking Trojan) typically includes: – – – – –

Greeting card Resume Invitation Mail delivery failure Receipt for a recent purchase.

Spam Blacklisting • Only about 12% of bots are blacklisted after an hour when they come online • The rate reaches 90% after a period of about 18 hours

Spam Volume on WUSTL Ironports Feb 2011

Phishing Email

Spear Phishing Example

Phishing Example??

Social Security Number Email 1 From: BOB [[email protected]] Sent: Friday, April 01, 2011 12:54 PM To: ALICE [[email protected]] Subject: Registration Request

ALICE: Couldn't remember if I had already sent this request or not. Please register CHARLIE ( 111-11-1111 ) for the session Thank you BOB

Social Security Number Email 2 From: BOB [[email protected]] Subject: FW: University talk To: [email protected], [email protected] Date: Monday, April 4, 2011, 12:57 PM

Dear Ms. ALICE and CHARLIE, I sent this e-mail a couple of weeks, but I haven't heard back from you yet, so I thought that I would send it again. Also, my SSN is 222-22-2222 and my home address is: 1234 Oak Ave. St. Louis, MO 63130

Emails, Like Postcards, Are Not Encrypted Contact me to discuss encryption options for storing or sending sensitive information


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