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  1. Received a similar email with the green ‘Display Message’ button back in middle of December. Have received several more since then, all from people I know. Obviously, didn’t click the button. However, my son must have received one and clicked the button, because last Thursday, his account began sending similar emails (including one to me which is what alerted me). What concerns me is that he’s adamant he didn’t enter his password, and also he clicked the button from his iPhone, so how the hell was it able to access his account? Once activated, the malware seems to go through your ‘sent items’ folder (not your contacts list), emailing people you’ve previously emailed, with a subject line you’ve previously used. My son’s account sent a total of 74 such emails (which I can see from his ‘sent items’). Another point is that all such emails that I’ve received have come from either a Hotmail or Live email address, so seems the malware is exploiting a weakness in those platforms (but how when initiated from an iPhone and without the user entering their password?)

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  49. I saw something very similar to this in July 2018, i.e. six months ago. I went through the labyrinth of the BBC complaints part of their web site and eventually found a way to say “Hey! Someone is spoofing your web site!” I eventually got  a reply saying “thank you for telling us about a suspicious web site using our logos.” That’s nuts, as it wasn’t just the logo, it was the entire look and feel of their web page. As described here, there was something looking like a BBC page, but every single link directed me to a bitcoin-trading web site.

     

    I originally saw this fake BBC page on Yahoo. One of the top items on Yahoo said “Prince Harry makes first major investment” and that directed me to the fake BBC web page. This suggests that Yahoo need to do some work telling the difference between real web sites and scams.

     

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