I have been bombarded with this new form of spam this last week or so to both my work and personal email addresses, the emails look as if there are sent from CNN and they started off with the email subject “CNN.com Top 10 lists” and now seems to have been changed to “CNN Alerts: My Custom Alert”.
The emails contain legitimate story headlines but when you click on the FULL STORY link you are taken to a site that look just like CNN’s website but obviously its not. Once you have loaded the site it prompts you to download Adobe flash player which I am not going to do from this website as i’m sure you will understand why. If you click no to the download another message box loads which you click cancel to and the first download box is presented again and this just loops on and on and on with no way of closing this tab or even exiting the browser without forcing it to close.
I have been receiving about 500 or so of these emails every day and they just don’t seem to be slowing down. I’m hoping it there is an end to all this.
Update 15 August 2008:
OK it seems like these email have morphed once again and now they look as if there are coming from MSNBC with the subject as “msnbc.com – BREAKING NEWS:”
I am currently getting about 500 or so of these emails a day 🙁
Update 13 August 2008:
Once again they are using a new subject now: “CNN Alerts: Breaking news”