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Fraudsters Link Blogger.com To Phishing Site

A spam mail ring seems to have trickled into Blogger.com, a popular Google service of free weblog hosting.

Blogs provide major information on special topics, valuable to a large number of Internet users. But there are troublemakers who use them to spread malicious code. Miscreants have been spreading computer infection through Blogger.com too. While some trouble creators embed code into already prevailing blogs, in an extended plan they have set up totally new and authentic looking blogs that spread problems in computers. They send out spam mails that direct their recipients to such fake blogs.

Fortinet Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., posted an advisory to its website, which said that a phishing site called Pharmacy Express appeared on several blogs. This phishing site poses as an online pharmacy, which if people follow via malicious scripts could expose them to phishers' assaults.

While trouble exists in Blogger.com implying its vulnerability to phishing threat there is another malicious script that delivers a single-pixel image to visitors to try and track their browser's details.

The Pharmacy Express site, a phishing site extracts personal information and financial details from visitors. The phishers of this site are also diverting web traffic to its phony blogs apart from the phishing site itself with the help of a bulk e-mail virus called Stration. The script leads the user to the Pharmacy Express "storefront".

The phishers of the Pharmacy Express site have been distributing the Pharmacy Express URL aggressively through mass mailers. The spam mail apparently connects back to Blogspot.com. A blogger who recognizes the domain may be lured to visit that site.

The Pharmacy Express advertises inexpensive supplies of Viagra and Valium but it has a malicious link that actually entices victims into feeding personal and medical data for fraudsters to promptly collect and manipulate the same for personal gains.

Fortinet also found that malicious code seemed to infect legitimate blogs citing the example of a motorcycle fan site.

The company warned that other favorite subjects of users could link to crafty infectious blogs. These popular topics commonly include Christmas, school furniture, Star wars, cars and girl friends, according to Fortinet.

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