December 28, 2013

Well This Looks Sketchy

Work, school and family matters have meant that I've not been minding my E-mails like I should for nearly a month. I'm on several mailing lists that are concerned with news, science, defense analysis, politics, and frothing fanboy recidivism. So first day really OFF in a long while. I started to slog through nearly 400 E-mails.

Among them were, to my great astonishment a handful of E-mails from actual human beings with whom I have spoken...offline even.... as well as a couple that

I've recently ordered a bit from Amazon and I almost fell for this...

I'm sure that if I downloaded the .zip file that Sadako would crawl out of the monitor and kill me as punishment for stupidity.
....or I'd be beset by malware.

Then there's this, which might be legit...but just looks phishy.

I deleted it and just logged into my iTunes account.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 05:49 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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I received that one ostensibly from Amazon, which didn't fool me since I never order from Amazon. But just out of curiousity I did download the zip file. What it contains is a file called "amazon.exe".

I wonder how many people ran it? I bet thousands.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sat Dec 28 18:24:54 2013 (+rSRq)

2 Now the strange thing was that it got scanned by Microsoft Security Essentials after I downloaded it, and I didn't get any alert. That's a bit of a concern...

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sat Dec 28 18:26:30 2013 (+rSRq)

3 Nothing good ever comes from e-mailed archives.

That's one good thing to have an ancient mac around for though.  If I were ever actually curious, I could move the file over there and open it, where nothing would happen.

Posted by: Mauser at Sun Dec 29 01:36:15 2013 (TJ7ih)

4 There was a fake one going around also, with a threat that if you didn't fill out the form, your Christmas order would be canceled and your money refunded minus 17%, as a penalty for Christmas handling.

It was a big lie, but the 17% part was really nasty social engineering, because it made people anxious about it.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sun Dec 29 21:18:41 2013 (cvXSV)

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