Cyber Monday spam hits email inboxes

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

It’s Cyber Monday – the first Monday after the American Thanksgiving holiday, and traditionally a time when consumers spend oodles of cash purchasing goods online.

Of course, if you’re working in an office today you might want to make sure you don’t over indulge too much on consumerism – not just because it may be bad for your wallet, but also because the-powers-that-be at your firm may take a dim view of you spending hours seeking out online bargains.

And, of course, spammers are inevitably using “Cyber Monday” as a hook to hang their email marketing campaigns around, claiming to offer massive discounts on online purchases:

Remember this: the more people who buy goods marketed via spam, the more that the spammers are being encouraged to send junk email.

If no-one purchased the products (a vain dream, I know..) then the spammers would disappear. It’s time to boycott the companies who use spam to sell their goods. If you receive an unsolicited commercial email don’t try,…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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