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Interesting Phishing Technique

I got contacted today with a non-form e-mail from a person offering a partnership which would “highly increase your context advertisement block (adsense) earnings” on 10MinuteMail. Essentially saying that they could increase my ad revenue, and would do that for a share of the increased revenue.

Which sounds good as I was wondering if there was stuff I could be doing with layout or ad types to help increase clicks, except this was from a random guy at a address, with no company name. Googling his name and e-mail address turned up nothing. So I replied asking for his company info or references, etc…

Sorry, but our company has no web
You will easteablish our credibility during partnership with us.
Lets just try it first, ok?
Put this code between the body tags on your
main page only:
<img src=”some russian site” />
It is an 1*1px transparent image.

Supposedly after I do that I’ll see the result in a couple of days.

So wow, little warning bells are now big warning bells. Adding a web bug can’t impact your Google adsense revenue. Adding a web bug to your site from a domain name with no website that’s registered by someone in Russia seems like a TERRIBLE idea! So of course I said no.

What do you think? Some sort of XSS attack, or cookie attack? I’m just not sure what the end game would be on this…

By |2010-03-24T15:19:54+00:00March 24th, 2010|10MinuteMail, Security, Spam|17 Comments

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Devon is a husband, amateur photographer, avid reader, and motorcycle enthusiast.


  1. Cheesy Poofs March 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    what does the code do? Javascript? can you post it in a not-harmful way?

    • Devon March 25, 2010 at 4:30 am - Reply

      Doesn’t seem to do anything at this point, but could be replaced with someone harmful at any time I guess. Not really sure, but the whole thing just seemed really suspicious.

  2. Mauzola March 25, 2010 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Just some joke I think…
    Just delete those crappy mails I guess would be the best…

    • Devon March 25, 2010 at 4:35 am - Reply

      Yeah, it was just odd that someone took the time to write multiple e-mails, have a host setup, etc… Weird.

  3. Mauzola March 25, 2010 at 5:40 am - Reply

    A lot of fruitcakes outthere pal… 😉

  4. alecsander April 6, 2010 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Found a place where you can thank the developers of this site. I take many years. Very convenient and protects from unwanted contacts and spam. Thank you so much. I hope that your website will work even for very long and I always will thank you for your idea and work. With respect, Alexander.

  5. Mrci April 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Is it ironic to use a 10minutemail email for commenting on the blog of the creator? 😀
    Anyways, that seems like a weird method to…well I don’t know without seeing the code. Suspicious indeed.

  6. james kilby May 12, 2010 at 3:48 am - Reply

    The code will most likely be used to track emails and harvest good email address’s

    This used to be popular a while ago but most clients wont run it nativley

    • Devon May 12, 2010 at 6:20 am - Reply

      That makes sense! Thanks James!

  7. PK May 13, 2010 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    But you know why they keep doing it, don’t you? For every smart person who knows better there’s a dumb-ss who doesn’t 😉

    Oh yes, I order v14gr4 from suspicious messages that show up in my spam folder because it’s cheaper, I sent my bank account details to that princess in Africa so she can fill it with millions in unclaimed cash, and good thing I responded to that other message requesting my account number and PIN, otherwise they may have closed my account before the cash arrived 😉

  8. Shen Rustemi August 8, 2010 at 12:23 am - Reply

    This would be used to spread spam,….anonymously of course.

  9. seo hanover md October 22, 2011 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Hey there, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your blog in Ie, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, very good blog!

  10. Jabberwock January 5, 2012 at 2:03 am - Reply

    Heh, sounds like you don’t trust so much to us, Russians. But trust me, I have a pen! )

    Really, all I have is a little idea about 10minutemail usability.
    May you activate “Give me 10 more minutes” every time when user refreshes the page?

    I swear, this improvement will not steal cookies or something, but just make your service a bit more comfortable.

    From ?ussia with love, Jabberwock.

  11. Schmu October 8, 2012 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Maybe theyd used a gif, jpg, png whatever exploit ?

  12. mark June 30, 2015 at 12:58 am - Reply

    can you create a new email form ?

  13. Devon June 30, 2015 at 4:37 am - Reply

    No that domain is no longer in use.

  14. Kay Cee November 10, 2015 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Just came back to using your site after a year or so, but I had been using it for many years. Thanks. I only wish there were 10 hour mail.

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