Desperate housewives spam used to spread spyware

Tuesday, 22 March 2005, 3:54 PM EST

There has been a sharp increase in spam messages purporting to offer the details of women looking for casual sex in recent weeks. But surfers hoping to hook up to swingers are actually directed to pornographic websites, which often harbour spyware, email security firm Clearswift warned Tuesday.

The ruse is one of the latest additions to the spammers’ armoury, and has led to a rise in sex-themed spam from 10 in January to 18 per cent in February 2005.

By John Leyden at The Register.

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