Avira Techblog: Fake LinkedIn emails pointing to online pharmacy websites

We have written many times already about fake LinkedIn emails which lead most of the time to online pharmacy websites and possibly to also infected websites.

The latest spams, similar to those we already wrote about, are pretending to come from LinkedIn Reminders and have a subject like “There are a total of <X> messages awaiting your response”.

 

Without exception, the emails we’ve seen so far are pointing to compromised websites which host a redirect to a another website hosting an online pharmacy website.

 

<html>

<head>

<script type=”text/javascript”>window.location=”http://<online pharmacy website>”;

</script>

</head>

<body>

<a href=”http://<online-pharmacy-website>”>Click</a>

</body>

</html>

The emails come in a very large number, and so far, we have seen them mostly on “real” accounts and less in spamtraps.

Does it have to do with the stolen database of LinkedIn in June this year?

We don’t know, but it might be that this database is worth a lot of money on the black market because it contains only valid and verified email addresses. Email addresses which now get spammed!

 

Sorin Mustaca

Data Security Expert

via Avira – TechBlog http://techblog.avira.com/2012/09/17/fake-linkedin-emails-pointing-to-online-pharmacy-websites/en/


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Sorin Mustaca
Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since year 2000 in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is an independent IT Security Consultant focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .

1 Comment on "Avira Techblog: Fake LinkedIn emails pointing to online pharmacy websites"

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    Back in June we learned that hackers breached LinkedIn and published 6.5 million passwords online. The effects of that incident haven’t faded away just yet since experts believe that the information obtained at the time by the cybercriminals might currently be used in massive spam campaigns.

    Avira experts have come across a number of fake LinkedIn reminders. The problem is that these particular emails appear to be sent only to valid email addresses.

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