6.18.2008

Beware the Chinese AdWords Spam Attack

Keep an eye out for a well put together spam that appears to be from Google AdWords requesting you go and update your info so they can cut you a check.

It looks like Google sent it but if you check the link in the email, its got a .cn domain on the end. Dot CN is China, of course, and I recently read an article about a McAfee survey (i.e. take it with a big grain of salt) that claims 11% of all domains ending in cn are spam, hoax or otherwise dangerous to the general internet user. That's #2 behind sites ending in .hk which are dangerous nearly 20% of the time.

Anyway, keep your eyes out. And follow the basic rules of email, don't click links in email if you can just as easily go to the site in question directly.

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