Moscow Subway Explosion leaves 37 dead and hundreds injured

It was reported that female suicide bombers attacked Moscow Subway during the rush hour Monday morning, March 29, 2010.

The first explosion occurred about at Lubyanka subway station near Central Moscow while a second explosion rocked the Park Kultury station some 30 to 45 minutes later. The Lubyanka station is near the Kremlin and is the station nearest to the office of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Russia’s intelligence service agency.

As of 7PM (GMT+8) the Moscow subway explosion death toll is now at 37, while the injured figures rose to 102, as per report of Yahoo News.
Russian officials theorized that the Moscow Subway Explosion was done by Chechen separatists, who have been waging a long internal struggle for independence from Russia.

Inquirer.net reported that a Filipina, Maria Aileen Ponting, was among those injured. The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that Ponting is safe as her injuries are not life threatening. DFA staffs are providing her needed assistance as per the statement released by the DFA.

Update 03.29.2010 10PM (GMT+8)

On the technology side of things, TrendLabs folks are seeing some incident wherein bad guys are utilizing this moscow bombing issue for their own nefarious deeds. I will post details here as soon as it is available.

Update 03.30.2010 11AM (GMT+8)

Trend Micro Malware Blog reports that searches related to Moscow Bombing and Moscow Subway Explosion may lead to some links related to FAKEAV. Read Search for News on Moscow Subway Explosions result to FakeAV

Email Scam Alert: From a fellow Pinoy Blogger

I got this suspicious email below that is supposedly from a fellow pinoy blogger. I am posting the email scam here (deleting some personal details of the supposedly sender to protect his/her privacy) as an awareness campaign to all readers (especially those who might be in contact with the blogger) that there are some suspicious activity emanating from his/her mailbox.

Subject: URGENT HELP NEEDED!!!!!!

Body:
Hello
How you doing? I made a trip to London (United Kingdom) unannounced some days back, Unfortunately I got mugged at gun point last night! All cash, Credit card and phone were stolen, I got messed up in another country, stranded in London, fortunately passport was back in my hotel room. It was a bitter experience and i was hurt on my right hand, but would be fine. I am sending you this message cos i don’t want anyone to panic, I want you to keep it that way for now!
My return flight leaves in a few hours but I’m having troubles sorting out the hotel bills, wondering if you could loan me some money to sort out the hotel bills and also take a cab to the airport about (2500$). I have been to the police and embassy here, but they aren’t helping issues, I have limited means of getting out of here, I canceled my cards already and made a police report, I won’t get a new card number till I get back home! So I really need your help.
You could wire whatever you can spare to my name and hotel address via Western union:
Name: [Name Deleted]
Location:xxx, YYYYYY Avenue, Docklands, E14 2AA ,
London United Kingdom
Hope to read from you soon…….
Thanks and regards

[Name Deleted]

And a second one

Hi,

I am in a hurry writing this mail to you.I had traveled to London for an urgent situation and unfortunately for me all my money was stolen at the hotel where I lodged. I am so confused right now and I do not know what to do or where to go.and my phone has been stolen by the muggers but thank God I still have my passport saved and the hotel’s telephone lines was disconnected during the robbery incident so I have access to only emails. Please can you send me $1,750 today ? so that I can get my hotel bills settle and get myself back home.As soon as I get home I would refund it immediately.

I’m looking forward to reading from you soon.

Thanks and Regards,
[Name Deleted]

To the scammer: your email scam is an UBER FAIL! I will not tell you why, so you better figure it out yourself.

To all readers: Beware of this email scam!!! If you receive the same email and you want to compare notes, feel free to drop me a note via my contact page.
My best guess is that the blogger was victimized via a phishing scam and his yahoo and gmail addresses are now compromised. I will try to post some related articles I got from security blogs and will do appropriate actions later.