Our unfriendly neighborhood drug spammers have moved onto something new, they are now abusing Yahoo!‘s search result URL’s. Lets have a look at how Yahoo! search results are shown.
When you do a search in Yahoo! each result displays with a tracking URL to track a users clicks on links to try and improve the relevance of search results this URL is effectively is a redirect URL. Now while you might think this is helpful and to an extent it is, it also causes a problem especially if the referral is not checked against a site.
I have received the following URL in a spam email:
The above URL is the top result for a search on
holesteam.com, this domain is the spammers domain.