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Hackers Celebrate Fourth of July With Geodo Botnet Spam

July 05, 2018 / Sean Michael Kerner

Cofense warns that the Geodo botnet was busy ahead of the July 4 holiday, sending out Independence Day-themed messages in an attempt to trick users into clicking on a malicious link. While many Americans were busy getting ready to celebrate the July 4 holiday, spammers were busy trying to trick unsuspecting victims into clicking on malicious Independence Day themed malware messages. It's a familiar pattern—hackers attempting to trick unsuspecting victims into clicking on a link related to a holiday or major event. On July 3, email intelligence and security vendor Cofense reported that its systems tracked phishing attacks using the Geodo botnet malware, sending patriotic emails timed to coincide with the holiday. "The timing—a day prior to the holiday—comes as no surprise here," Brendan Griffin, technical product manager at Cofense, told eWEEK. "The emails were delivered on the final business day prior to the holiday, at a time when people are likely...