People are attracted to news, and when the news is big, the attraction is urgent. Spammers have known this for years, and both the recent royal birth and a horrific train accident in Spain has tempted them to dust off their fake CNN news alert templates. The honeypots at Barracuda Labs are seeing high volumes of this using a wide variety of hacked websites as their destinations.
Notice how this campaign still carries a subject line “Perfect gift for royal baby… a tree?” even as the content was changed to a fake video preview of the train disaster. Even spammers have a tough time keeping their stories straight.
While this site is currently unresponsive, the usual result would be exploitation of the browser and installation of a backdoor or password stealer.
As always, treat all of your email as guilty until proven innocent. Unless you really need to, don't even bother giving it a trial. Any news you receive in an update or newsletter should also be available on the website of the organization whose name appears on the email. Don't take chances – instead, use a few more keystrokes to go directly to the website.
Christine Barry ist Senior Chief Blogger und Social Media Manager bei Barracuda. Bevor sie zu Barracuda kam, war Christine über 15 Jahre als Außendiensttechnikerin und Projektmanagerin für K12 und SMB-Kunden tätig. Sie hat mehrere Zugangsdaten für Technologie und Projektmanagement, einen Bachelor of Arts und einen Master of Business Administration. Sie ist Absolventin der University of Michigan.
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