The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Don't click on links from the Better Business Bureau

The Register reports that there is a new round of highly-targeted phishing going around, disguised as a letter from the Better Business Bureau. The email is sent to high-level executives, and according to the article, over 1400 of them have been tricked into sending sensitive information to the phishers. The executive is told that there's been a complaint, and they should click on a link to read it. The link actually installs malicious spyware which then forwards everything it can get its hands on to a website controlled by the attackers.

The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about the attack.

By the way, the spyware works by attaching itself to — wait for it — Internet Explorer. Please, people, what have I told you about installing Firefox? Friends don't let friends run IE or Outlook.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Bart said...

Our controller received something today that sounds very much like this, except that it claimed a fraud complaint had been filed with the IRS. Included a link to a logo image on the IRS website, but originated from a machine at coolhost77.com.

4:06 AM  
Blogger Darvin said...

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6:41 AM  
Blogger Spam Diaries said...

And speaking of fraud, I see more comment spam from pissed consumer. Tell me, "Darvin", do you collect a referral fee, or do you work for them directly?

10:41 AM  

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