At least one of the larger spam botnets is hard at work these last few days spreading itself via spoofed Amazon.com emails.
For the most part, these frauds do an excellent job of mimicking legitimate Amazon emails.
The arrive with a Subject line of:
From: ”Amazon.com E-mail Subscriptions” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Amazon.com: Please verify your new e-mail address
And the design, layout and attention to detail within the email is quite good:
The only real clues that these are not legitimate emails comes from:
- Inspection of the Internet Delivery Headers which reveals that these emails are sent from previously infected personal computers throughout the world, and revealing a botnet of exceptional size.
- Reviewing the HTML code which makes it obvious that the “Confirm” button will not take you to an Amazon server but instead to any number of malware hosting servers, also spanning the globe.
Based on analysis of user feedback this campaign is highly convincing, and snaring many willing but unwitting victims.
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