Fraudsters are currently spamvertising tens of thousands of emails enticing users into installing rogue, potentially unwanted (PUAs) casino software. Most commonly known as W32/Casonline, this scam earns revenue through the rogue online gambling software’s affiliate network.
Thanks to a mature monetization model introduced by vendors of bogus online gambling software, cybercriminals continue mass mailing millions of emails in an attempt to earn revenue for each and every new installation of the promoted software.
Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising hundreds of thousands of emails enticing end and corporate users into clicking on links leading to bogus online casinos requiring the installation of an executable file.
Everyone knows that there’s no such thing as free lunch. The same goes for freely distributed pirated content online.
Recently, Webroot decided to sample malicious activity within some of the most popular Eastern European torrent trackers, based in Bulgaria, Ukraine, and Romania for starters. The results? Countless backdoored key generators and cracks for popular games and software, and most interestingly, monetization of the huge traffic by delivering pop-ups promoting the ubiquitous W32/Casonline adware, which in case you remember was recently spamvertised to millions of end and corporate users.
Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising online casino themed emails, which ultimately redirect users to a bogus casino site offering an executable download. Upon deeper examination, it appears that the download is actually adware.