Daily Telegraph website hit by Canadian Pharmacy spammers

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Spammers have created their own blogs on the website of one of the UK’s leading newspapers, and stuffed them with adverts to purchase drugs from Canadian Pharmacy stores.

A post by blogger Paul Carpenter, an SEO consultant, brought my attention to the problem which is affecting the website my.telegraph.co.uk.

According to Paul, The Daily Telegraph was alerted to the problem of spammers clogging up its personal blogs some weeks ago, but sure enough when I visited this afternoon the problem was still present.

Clicking onto one of the blogs takes users to a webpage promoting so-called Canadian Pharmacies.

I say “so-called” because many times the gangsters behind these sites are actually Russian cybercriminals, making millions of pounds from promoting websites that flog counterfeit medicines.

Underground web affiliates have formed networks…

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.