From Spamville with love
G Data warns of Valentine’s Day fraud campaign
Users of social networks such as Facebook or Twitter are advised to exercise special caution: online criminals are increasingly posting shortened web links on walls and in personal messages. If no effective real-time protection is in place, infected code can be downloaded and installed on a PC. G Data has observed that criminals prefer the URL shortening service "ow.ly" because it has no preview function and completely obfuscates the actual website it points to. URLs of this type were found in mails that were sent during the current spam campaign.
"Every year around Valentine's Day the amount of spam emails skyrockets. Criminals choose occasions like this to collect credit card data and other personal information of unsuspecting users. We therefore recommend not to open any spam emails and delete them straight away. Any links that are in these emails should not be clicked as they can land a user on an infected website", explains Eddy Willems, Security Evangelist at G Data.
Sample of a current Valentine’s Day spam email:
The server this email originates from is located in Asia.