We received a warning today from our IT department about an increase in Greeting Card spam mail. The emails contain URLs that are pointing to malicious executables.
I wanted to blog about it but didn’t have any in my Inbox. So I checked around to see if I could find one somewhere. Lo and behold, luckily for me (in some ways), I had a bunch of them in my Junk E-Mail folder.
I took a screen shot of one of them as you can see in this post. This one isn’t even very sophisticated as the URL displayed even shows the executable name. I know most of you wouldn’t click on it, at least I hope that, but my more susceptible relatives would DEFINITELY click on the link to find out who is sending them a “card”. (You’ll notice I obscured most of the URL, just to make sure no one will type it in manually to just see what it does.J)
Anyhow, bottom-line, DON”T click on links in these types of emails. If the sender is a little smarter than this one and “hides” the fact the URL contains a link to an executable, always hover over the link to see where its really taking you rather than what’s being displayed in the email.