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Post by gatekeeper on Tue 28 Apr 2009, 10:40 am

Just days after news surfaced of a swine flu outbreak in Mexico, spammers are exploiting the news to advertise online pharmacies. Researchers have tracked several new spam runs which make reference to the outbreak, using such headlines as “swine flu worldwide’ and “first US swine flu victims.” Other message claimed that actress Salma Hayek and pop star Madonna had contracted the illness. The messages themselves contained links to online pharmacies which peddled drugs claiming to treat Swine Flu.

A spokesperson from security vendor McAfee said that the attacks are believed to be the work of botnet machines and have accounted for roughly two per cent of the global spam volume in recent days. The practice of capitalizing on current events to push spam and malware is nothing new. For years spammers have been using popular headlines as subject titles in order to lure users onto the spammed sites or malicious attachments.
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Post by Adil on Tue 28 Apr 2009, 2:06 pm

Thanks for the news gate!

This is scary stuff really affraid

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Re: Spammers already exploit swine flu fear.

Post by gatekeeper on Tue 28 Apr 2009, 11:58 pm

Yeh its growing all the time, and its arrived here in scotland aswell now, some people have caught it and are in hospital.
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