Classmates.com has become the latest target in the trend of spam sent from what appears to be legitimate sites. What an emotional roller coaster! Imagine getting nostalgic, dusting off your old yearbooks, digging out your prom dress…
..you go to download the files to watch a little film clip announcing your high school reunion…you anticipate the tube socks and tight-rolled jeans…
…and instead of seeing your old friends and their big hair and braces, you realize you’ve infected your computer with a nasty Trojan.
In the email example depicted above (click the image to enlarge), the recipient receives a link to a “video” followed by a link to an “Adobe Installation” site.
If the recipient clicks through to the the (fake) “Classmates” landing page, he or she sees what looks like a video invitation, that requires a media player to view. However if the so-called media player is downloaded, the recipient receives a malware file that will wreak havoc on his or her computer.
Things to consider before clicking on links and downloading files from “Classmates” or other such sites:
- Is this an odd year for you to be invited to a reunion? If you did not graduate five or 10 or 25 years ago, then it is probably a hoax.
- Have you ever opened an account on Classmates.com or whatever site is supposedly sending you this email? If not, it is probably a hoax.
- Are you being asked to download software in order to view a clip? In most cases, you should already have all the software and plug-ins that you need to view clips. A popular site sending out videos would use a universally accepted format.
- Is that the real company logo? Upon further investigation (i.e. I typed www.classmates.com into my browser), I found that the logos actually do not match. (although it’s pretty easy to swipe the real logo from the legitimate site, so don’t rely on just this test alone)
The conclusion? It looks like playground pranks have been taken to another level.