This past weekend I wrote about a totally harmless, weirdly meaningless, spam attack. Thursday afternoon another began. I’ve got 80 already.
I think they’re coming from the same place except this one is a lot scarier.
The weekend spam attack was just a few words. Once it was sent it was totally out of the spammer’s control. Today’s spam delivers an html file. Strings attached? Could be.
In and of itself html isn’t a problem. The entire worldwide web is built on html. This file’s contents seem to be a duplicate of something Amazon.com legitimately sends. Thursday afternoon that lulled me into a sense of security. Then I got a comment from Vince Batchelor.
Don’t worry it can still be decoded!
I’m a little over my head here, but the code creates a clickable link to a South African website which in turn sends you to another website which Google labels a malware carrier. I’m sure I don’t have that 100% right. Whatever it does it’s unexpected and eye raising.
This spam continues to be passed to my inbox by Gmail as if it were no problem at all! Shouldn’t they be filtering it?
¹ – For those of you who’d like to examine the code I’ve placed it here.