‘Reset your Facebook password’ spam promotes pharmacy websites

Graham Cluley

One of the most widespread spam campaigns at the moment is posing as a reset password email from Facebook.

The emails use the subject line “Reset your Facebook password” and have no message body. However, they do have an attached file – facebook_newpass.html

If you open the file (which Sophos detects as Troj/JSRedir-BO) you are redirected to a third party website. In our testing, it took us to an all-too-familiar-looking Canadian Pharmacy website selling online drugs.

Right now, these unsolicited messages are being seen en masse around the world by Sophos’s network of spamtraps.

It’s no surprise that the spammers would use Facebook as their cloak – after all, with almost 500 million users it’s much more likely that they’ll successfully end up in the inbox of a Facebook user than the customer of a particular bank.

Remember to always be suspicious of unsolicited emails, and think…

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, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.