In what may very well be the first major cybercriminal campaign exploiting the Google+ brand, spammers are sending out bogus Google+ invitations that in reality point to online pharmacies.
The messages look similar to the real emails that users may receive from friends who are already members of Google+.
However, clicking on the links will not take you to the new social network, but instead take you to a pharmacy website set up to sell the likes of Viagra, Cialis and Levitra to the unwary. In the case of the site shown below, they even have a special July 4th promotion – just in case you were hoping for additional fireworks on the night.
The spammers are no doubt hoping that the email will be too hard to resist for many people eager to see Google’s new social network, although just how many users will be tempted to buy drugs online is a mystery.
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4 comments on “The first big Google+ spam campaign blasted out by pill-pushers”
I think they didn't learn their lessons from their first privacy debacles.
Things like: "If your friends use apps, those applications may gain access to content and information about you that those friends can access." So, I don't control what applications may see? Not okay with me.
"We will record information about your activity" but no exact specifics on what they will be collecting.
And the mobile app policies look worse. It appears to me that some of this is worse than facebook.
You obviously haven't used it all that much, you can lock it down very well. The security and privacy is exceptional.
'is your first port of call'
I think you guys drank too much LulzSec kool-aid…
Wow! What kind of person would actually provide any market support to a vendor who tries to get business by spamming people with fraudulent invitations? A moron? A completely unprincipled idiot?
Ah, well…I suppose there is a certain natural justice in it. They (vendor and buyer) certainly deserve each other.