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Bizarre Network Solutions Spam (Updated)

I received a very strange e-mail this morning from Network Solutions:

It had all of the hallmarks of a phishing scam. Scary language about an account being canceled and domains being suspended. No indication of which actual domains are in question. (It wouldn’t matter — I don’t have any domains registered with Network Solutions.) Bogus “From: donotreply@..” e-mail address.

BUT — the link to click on actually went to a Network Solutions domain: “http://whoisaccuracy-portal.networksolutions.com/…” (Link shortened for brevity.) This is no guarantee of anything. In combination with a DNS poisoning attack it could still lead you to a phishing or drive-by attack site.

I went through the trouble of calling Network Solutions at their main support number of 800-333-7680 obtained from their web site. After wasting 20 minutes and going up to second-level support I got confirmation that this is in fact a real e-mail from Network Solutions.

This is strictly bush league. The message was not signed using S/MIME. The link is not an https link. Network Solutions screwed up big time. This is going to waste tens of thousands of man-hours as people try to figure out what the heck is going on.

My recommendation: if you get one of these, call Network Solutions at 800-333-7680 to confirm the e-mail. Drive up their costs for wasting your time and money. Maybe next time they’ll figure out how to do this the right way.

Update: now the real bad guys are piling on to this. I just got this real phishing e-mail:

By the way, the real waste of time isn't in figuring out the problem. It's the 10% or 20% of people who miss the message due to spam filtering or just dismissing it as spam, but end up with suspended domains as a result. I bet it takes someone four to eight hours of work to clean up the mess if they miss the e-mail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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