Latest round of spam e-mails posing as MSNBC news alerts

A new round of spam e-mail messages using fake news headlines - this time purportedly sent from MSNBC - started early Wednesday morning, according to a cyber crime researcher from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The bogus e-mails are probably coming from the same source as those sent last week masquerading as CNN news alerts, said Gary Warner, director of Computer Forensics for UAB. Warner detected the fake CNN messages using the school's Spam Data Mine, which collects and analyzes millions of e-mails.

The messages try to trick readers into clicking on a site that will infect their computers. Because they're based on actual e-mails sent to MSNBC Alert subscribers, they're almost impossible to block without blocking legitimate e-mail from the cable news channel, Warner said.

» The Birmingham News - Hannah Wolfson - 14-08-2008

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