Inbox Insider: Spammers attack search engines through e-mail
This is dangerous, because the e-mail itself may come from a legitimate sender and often is undetected by a spam filter.
This is the first time in more than a year that spam attacks are occurring in popular search engines. This kind of spam happened back in January 2008, but instead of using search engines, the spam message would just redirect to the spam site. Last year, search engine spam reached levels as high as 17% of all spam.
According to MessageLabs, spammers are doing this by taking advantage of the global financial crisis and targeting users this month with offers of cheap products and money. The messages contain text such as “Money is tight, times are hard,” “Get 15% off these” and “Cheaper than you could imagine.”