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Monday, January 4, 2016


The following described Malware hijacked my Gmail address book and sent the following described Emails to my entire address book. The Malware, if you click on it takes you to phony Web-Site.
If you do in fact click on the link in the message, your email addressees may be sent the same message.
If you did click on the message, and of course wish to prevent this Malware from sending this from your Email account, the first thing to do is to change your password.
Your new password should be no less than 10 characters in length, using an alpha-numeric string with upper-case, lower-case and special characters; EG. ! @ # $ % ^ & *
The Information Forward Initiative Emails were not affected by the hack Malware.

'Unable to Display Message' Spam Emails Open Fake BBC 'Health' Site

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Emails claiming that a message could not be displayed or can only be read in your browser invite you to click a link to view the supposed message. 

Brief Analysis

The emails are spam. Clicking the links takes you to a fake BBC website that tries to sell you dodgy weight-loss products.


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Subject: please read now

This message can only be viewed in a browser. To view this message please click here 

error code: 4248 time: March 19, 2015, 12:58 pm

Subject: read this Unable to display full message. Please Click here
to view this message 

error code: 6460 time: 12:01:48

Subject: Check this

unable to load message please click here to view.


Detailed Analysis

A series of spam emails currently hitting inboxes claim that a message could not be displayed and invite you to click a link to read the message. Some versions claim that your email program was unable to load the message. Others claim that the program was unable to display the full message. Some variants claim that the message can only be viewed in your browser.

Many of the emails include fake 'error codes' designed to support the idea that something has gone wrong and you must therefore click the link to view the full message. 

But, of course, if you do click the link, you will not be taken to a missing message. Instead, a seemingly official BBC News webpage will open in your browser.

The page includes the BBC News logo and colour scheme along with menu and sidebar links that lead to pages or reports on the genuine BBC News site. 

However the webpage has no connection whatsoever to BBC News. It is a spam website that peddles very dubious 'miracle' weight loss products. The advertising copy is presented as a news article and includes embedded links that lead to a slick sales website where you can buy the supposed weight loss product. 

Unfortunately, because the information is presented as news and appears to come from a trusted source such as BBC News, at least some recipients are likely to click through and buy the products.

Even if you believe that the product promoted on the fake website may have some merit, it would be very unwise to proceed to buy. The people responsible for this spam campaign use deliberately deceptive tactics by pretending that a message could not be displayed. And, their website fraudulently masquerades as a trusted news site just to trick potential customers into believing their spurious health claims. Such tactics are beneath contempt. These people certainly should not be trusted with your credit card details or any other personal information.

If you receive one of these spam emails, just delete it. 
Dave Israel

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