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May 15 2010   1:19AM GMT

“Report Has Changed” Spam is Not Malicious



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Tags:
click fraud
Malware
Security
spam

Got this message in my Hotmail account the other day and decided to investigate a bit to see what was up. These things are usually either links to malware infested sites or volume spam designed to create lots of clicks to CPA (Cost Per Action) offers, i.e., click fraud. And it turns out that’s just what this is.

ken's Report Has Changed‏
bouyahiaoui rabie (b_rabie@hotmail.com)Wed 5/12/10 2:53 AM
To:kenharthun@hotmail.com
Hello ken, your report that has changed on May 12th
is ready for  viewing.
www.creditreport.com/344344/ken's-report.html

That link is actually

http://bit.ly/cIhmwF

and the expanded version points to:

http://track.dankcash.com/aff_c?offer_id=24&aff_id=268&source=hnov6.

I fired my browser up in a sandbox and visited the site. It goes to CreditReport.com. Clearly click fraud, but not malicious. I suggest we all just boycott the site. For sure, don’t subscribe to their service until you report the illegal spam activity.

What do you think?

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