Picasa Exploited by Spammers in their Latest Spam Campaign
Softpedia.com published a report on 11th January, 2014 quoting a warning by security experts as "spam emails purporting to be from 'Picasa' are currently targeting innocent Internauts."
Notably, Picasa is an image managing system owned by Google.
The spam emails entitled "We add new photos to your album" informing recipients that several images have been added to their album and when the "View albums" button is pressed, the user is taken to a shady pharmacy website known as a Canadian Pharmacy.
Actually the emails don't come from Picasa. In reality, they are concealed spam emails designed to drive Internauts to a tarnished "Canadian Pharmacy" site which endeavors to market variety of health drugs without a prescription.
They effectively bypass spam filters because they don't cite the health items that they tend to promote.
Users should never purchase any pharmaceutical products from such websites, no matter how good the offers sound, because it's potentially dangerous for health.
Firstly, when you collect a product which you place an order for, you have no method to know if it's the real product or an unsafe substitute and secondly, it may hamper with other medicines that you are taking or it may be inappropriate for you due to present health conditions because it has not been prescribed properly by a doctor.
Thirdly, these websites often employ unsecure webpages to process credit card transactions that could put your credit card information at risk and fourthly, you should not trust any unscrupulous group to use such misleading spam campaigns with your credit card information or other personal details.
Either way nothing good can come of it and it's very important that you stick to the websites of trusted companies while buying medicines online.
Moreover, it is not the first time that Canadian Pharmacy's name has been linked to a spam email campaign as the spurious pharmacy is often used by spammers in their campaign. In July 2013, ThreatTrack Security Labs intercepted a spam campaign which appeared to be compromised websites redirecting end-users to spam pages of Canadian Pharmacy. The spam emails purported to be from popular business oriented social network Linkedin.
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