The good news on October 22nd is that it marks the release date to Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 7. On the flip side, spammers have already taken the glory in terms of Windows 7 related spam messages.
Spammers and cybercriminals have already taken advantage of the hype over Windows 7 leading up to the release date. Usually malicious software or files are sent as an attachment in a spam message so that hackers are able to install fake security programs onto user's computers in hopes that they would purchase a full version of the app. In other cases, spam messages include links to malicious websites.
Security researchers, including us, have seen several spam message subjects related to Windows 7 over the past few months. This had been on ongoing effort mastered by cybercriminals just before the release of Windows 7. Many of the spam messages included the following subjects:
- "Windows 7 SP 2"
- "Microsoft Windows 7 special offers"
- "Windows7 ultimate 86% off"
- "Windows7 ultimate 57% off"
- "Windows 7 FAQ on release"
- "Today's Special Gateway Laptop + NEW Windows 7 & More Electronics Deals"
The above subjects are undoubtedly catchy, especially if you are one of the many future Windows 7 users.
Currently, Windows 7 is one of the biggest talked about subjects. From business looking to offload Windows Vista for Windows 7, in hopes that it is a more secure operating system, to home PC users who look for a better working environment on their computer. Windows 7 should have something to offer for all users. Our advice is to cautious of what you click on or download from an email. If you receive an email, whether it's Windows 7 related or not, that appears to be the least bit suspicious or has an offer that seems too good to be true, then you should delete it at once.