Over on the so-called “CNN Blog” we find this entry:
August 8, 2008
Fraudulent spam about CNN.com
Posted: 07:45 PM ET
Earlier this week, a spam message purporting to be from CNN began circulating the Internet. We decided to blog about this to alert those of you who hadn’t yet received it to be on the lookout for it; and also to assure those of you who did receive it that the message was NOT, in fact, from CNN.
As you may know, spammers often disguise or forge the source of their e-mail to give recipients the impression that the message derived from another system, especially one tied to a recognizable brand. In this instance, the spammer chose to use the CNN brand.
The message, claiming to contain CNN’s Top 10 news stories and videos of the day, is fraudulent and did not originate from CNN. If you have received it, we suggest that you delete it from your mailbox. Further, we recommend you delete any e-mail message from your mailbox that you believe may be illegitimate.
Thanks to all of you out there who alerted us to the existence of this spam purporting to be from CNN.
Posted by: CNN Public Relations
Filed under: marketing • technology
CNN is being mighty coy about exactly what this spam says, other than that it purports “to contain CNN’s Top 10 news stories and videos of the day.”
Under normal circumstances when there’s a new spam going around I find about 180 copies in my spam filter. But nothing that seems to match that description has shown up.
The bulk messages that purport to be CNN Alerts, that direct you to click here for more information about some likely keyword, but really take you to a website in Lower Slobistan where you find your computer recruited into a bot net faster than you can say Java Script, have been around for a while, and don’t match this description.