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Et tu, Gmail?
« on: April 28, 2010, 12:00:19 AM »
Et tu, Gmail?

<p>There are growing numbers of reports of spammers using people's Gmail accounts to send out links to pharmacy sites. I've actually seen one such message, sent to a mailing list by someone whose account had obviously been taken over. The spam actually involved a double hack. Not only had the spammer hijacked the sender's Gmail account, but they had also compromised a third-party website. The body of the spam consisted of a link to a page on that website, which then redirected to the spammer's pharmacy site.</p>

<p>I confess that I did get some small amusement out of the fact that the hijacked website belonged to the Front National, the French <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">fascist</span> far-right, nationalist party.</p>

<p>There's also some reason to think that the China-based scammers who have been hijacking Hotmail accounts to send pitches for their fake e-commerce sites are also able to compromise Gmail accounts. A <a "href=http://www.shorelinebeacon.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2552471">blog post by one victim[/url] describes how what sounds very much like the same gang used his Gmail account to send out their spam &mdash; and also suggests that the fake electronics merchants and the knock-off shoes and boots sellers may be part of the same operation.</p>



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