Tuesday, 28 April 2009

SPAM and the commerce of fear

A few days ago I commented that the spammers would soon begin sending mails about medication against the swine flu and replacing the old viagra SPAM. Shortly after, the US-CERT warned of phishing attacks using this new vector for social engineering and the SANS published a list of sites that could generate malware/phishing /scams (according to the particular domain names selected).

Well today I received my first flu-related SPAM. Also, visiting a news site I found this ad from Google Ads. The ads are not malware sites (at least these three do not appear to be, but try them at your own risk), but certainly they plan to profit from the people's fear.

Well, I think that we humans are quite predictable.

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