A completely new type of spam has been flooding my mailbox. Ok, not flooding, but during past week I've got 7 different ones. The general idea for this spam delivery method is for the spam to originate from Google. How in detail the operation works, is to either exploit some innocent person's Google Account or create a ton of brand new Google Accounts to be used briefly and then thrown away. What the scammers do with the account is on Google Drive they'll create a presentation. There is no content in the presentation, it will be completely empty and then they'll share the document with me. Ingenious!
Shared presentation looks like this (hint: its completely blank):
The trick is in the comment of the share. If you add a new user to work on the same shared file, you can add own input. These guys put some spam into it.
When the mail arrives, it would contain something like this:
This approach will very likely pass a lot of different types of spam-filtering. People work with shared Google Drive documents all the time as their daily business and those share indications are not spam, its just day-to-day business for most.
Highlights from the mail headers:
Received-SPF: Pass (mailfrom) identity=mailfrom;
DKIM-Filter: OpenDKIM Filter v2.11.0 my-linux-box.example.com DF19A80A6D5
dkim=pass (2048-bit key) header.d=docs.google.com email@example.com header.b="JIWiIIIU"
Received: from mail-il1-f198.google.com (mail-il1-f198.google.com [126.96.36.199])
(using TLSv1.3 with cipher TLS_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 (128/128 bits)
key-exchange X25519 server-signature RSA-PSS (4096 bits) server-digest SHA256)
(No client certificate requested)
by my-linux-box.example.com (Postfix) with ESMTPS id DF19A80A6D5
for <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Thu, 25 Mar 2021 09:30:30 +0200 (EET)
Received: by mail-il1-f198.google.com with SMTP id o7so3481129ilt.5
for <email@example.com>; Thu, 25 Mar 2021 00:30:30 -0700 (PDT)
Reply-to: No Reply <firstname.lastname@example.org>/code>
Briefly for those not fluent with RFC 821:
Nothing in the mail headers would indicate scam, fraud or even a whiff of spam. It's a fully legit, digitally signed (DKIM) email arriving via encrypted transport (TLS) from a Google-designated SMTP-server (SPF),
Given trusted source of mail, the only feasible attempt to detect this type of spam is via content analysis. Note: as an example of detecting and blocking unsolicited email, I've past written my thoughts how easy it is to block spam.
I have seen that you have said about the google drive spam in which you said about your mailbox story that has been flooding through the google drive spam. I listen this for first time on your blog after this I will check this new thing and what kind of benefits and disadvantage of this thing.