A new profile on Facebook? No, it’s spam promoting the Toronto Drug Store

Graham Cluley
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If you receive an email, apparently from Facebook, telling you that you have a new kind of profile – don’t rush to click on the link.

Emails have been spammed out with the subject line “You have a new profile”, which at first glance might appear as though they really are from the world’s largest social networking site.

Here’s a typical example of just such an email:

If you look closely, you’ll notice that the spammers did a bad job of forging the “From:” address in that email, but if you hover your mouse over the links contained inside the email you’ll see more evidence that something strange is going on.

Surprise surprise.. you’re not really taken to Facebook if you click on the links.

Instead your browser is redirected via an intermediary site. When our labs tested the link they ended up seeing a familiar sight – our “old friends” running that most infamous Canadian Pharmacy, the…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity 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 analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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