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 est blogueuse en chef et responsable des réseaux sociaux chez Barracuda. Son travail consiste à rédiger des articles captivants en lien avec les services Barracuda et à faciliter la communication entre le public et les équipes internes. Avant de rejoindre Barracuda, Christine a été ingénieure de terrain et chef de projet dans l'éducation et auprès de PME pendant plus de 15 ans. Elle est titulaire de plusieurs diplômes technologiques, d'une licence de l'université du Michigan, et d'une maîtrise en administration des affaires.
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