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Hotmail compromised 15 December, 2008

Posted by aronzak in scam.
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It’s spam central. A friend just sent me a great message:

New Horizon!
i would like to introduce a good company who trades mainly in electornic products.
Now the company is under sales promotion,all the products are sold nearly at its cost.
They provide the best service to customers,they provide you with original products of
good  quality,and what is more,the price is a surprising happiness to you!
It is realy a good chance for shopping.just grasp the opportunity,Now or never!

This is what happens when one of your friends suddenly looses their ability to spell and decides to recommend to you a brilliant service in broken English. Or, they got their web email account hacked. It seems to be happening with Gmail as well as Hotmail, so there is probably CAPTCHA breaking going on, rather than a client side attack. That means that it’s not a virus, worm or malware.

Looking at archives of these messages, some of them have pointed to http://www.gvccn.com/, which is now inactive. A quick google for “Beijing Guangda Foreign Trade Corporation” only turns up results from the dodgy website http://www.kdvsbn.com. Also, some of these electronics seem to be sold at a relatively low price, which sets alarm bells ringing. Don’t go to any of these sites and don’t give any credit information.

CAPTCHA needs to be improved and quickly.

Oh, by the way, this turned up:funnyspam2

Read the “Laptop”‘s information. “if you want to know more information about the bicycle…”

And what is this, megalomaniac’s warehouse? I’ll take one of China, the UK and India. Oh, and throw in Canada while you’re at it. Well, this “realy” has been a “surprising happiness” indeed.



1. the man from tha moon - 5 January, 2009

hey! this exact same message turned up in my inbox today!
surely if you were planning on sending a spam email to millions of potential viewers you’d at least get the spelling right…

i feel cheated.

2. chicken flyed lice - 7 January, 2009

I feel cheated too. I wanted the bicycle email :(

3. nobby - 13 January, 2009

Haha I got this today, it’s not really sending a copy to everyone in my address book is it?

4. Joe Wein - 13 February, 2009

The scammers who build these fake company sites hack into (mostly) Hotmail and Yahoo accounts. Then they send their spam to everyone in the address book. Often they delete the address book afterwards, to make it more difficult for the account owner to warn all the contacts that it wasn’t really him who recommended the scam site.

Needless to say, if you order from that supplier and either give your credit card or send cash by Western Union you’ll never ever see any goods. They’re only after your money and your contacts (and their money and their contacts, …, ad infinitum)

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