Yesterday popular link shortener service vk.io (aka vkontakte.ru/short) started to spread russian language spam messages with malicious links redirecting to blackhole exploit kit landing page:
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:03:36 +0400
From: Vkontakte - Team <po[email protected]>
Subject [SPAM] vkontakte.ru/short
You are receiving this message because you visited the following page: http://x5sowjdyjycaj5u3.top/26-02-10-pricelist.html The URL redirected to another URL, which was used for spreading spam. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this issue. Learn how to avoid it in future HERE . Kind regards, Vkontakte - Team www.vkontakte.ru/short url: [email protected] [email protected] phone: +7 (495) 663-49-20
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