Fake LinkedIn E-Mail: Yet more spam

LinkedIn, the social networking site aimed at business professionals has been the target of unwanted spam. LinkedIn, which was launched back in 2003 is mainly used for professional networking, and figures showed that as of 9 August 2010, the site had at least 75 million registered users.

When Dan Tynan at PC World reported, it was apparent that this latest spam is difficult to detect and can easily pass through spam filters. The people behind the spams obviously have every intention of exploiting the trust that users have put in the site LinkedIn. It lures them into opening their email in the hope of finding something interesting only to find something else. PC World reported that the so-called links lead to a website called “PathTasty” which lists itself as a “Canadian Pharmacy”. If clicked onto, this brings up “McAfee Site Advisor review”. People behind the spams really havent a second thought for those innocent users, as long as they are making money out of it along the way.

For the most part, although spams are rising in numbers, social media sites still seem to appear almost “junk free”. Compare this to a users email system which despite the use of filters, web host, operating system, email client and email readers which are there to control user’s emails, spams are still managing to get through.

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