Friday, September 14, 2012

Two-for-One Spam Targets Both Windows Live and Yahoo Users

Yahoo & Windows Live HybridKill two birds with one stone.

Perhaps that was the thought process when spammers pieced together the following spam message that appears to target both Yahoo and Windows Live users at the same time.

Or maybe spammers are slacking because it’s Friday and they’ve mentally checked out just like the rest of us. Who really knows. Either way, paying a little attention when checking your email can keep you from falling for this (rather sloppy) phishing attempt:

Spam Targets Windows & Yahoo! Users
From: Yahoo! (
Subject: Yahoo Alert

Windows Live

Dear Email Client,

We have detected multiple in-correct login attempts into your account, we are obligated to open an investigation into this matter.

In order to safeguard your account, we require that you confirm your login details.

To help speed up this process, please re-Login below.


Windows Live Team

To no surprise, the link within the email pointed to a third-party website – not as the anchor text would lead you to believe – that was likely compromised at some point.  Fortunately, what was likely a fake login page had already been removed, so this particular attack was an all-around bust.

Still, that’s not to say spammers won’t correct their mistakes and get this phishing scam back up & running, so always exercise caution when checking email.

It is always recommended that you type the URL of the website you wish to visit directly into your browser’s address bar versus clicking email links.

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