Does Anyone Actually Still Click On Attachments From Spammers?
from the just-wondering... dept
Must be a slow week in the security world as the latest “oh no, time to worry!” announcement from a computer security company is taking a scam from a the 90s and reviving it as if it’s something new. They’re claiming that spammers are (gasp! no!) attaching things to spam messages and getting people to click on them. Apparently, this security company either doesn’t remember itself, or assumes that no one else remembers that this was the popular way that plenty of viruses were passed around a while back — leading to the constant barrage of reminders to never open attachments from people you don’t know (or even from people you do know, but weren’t expecting an attachment from). The only “difference” is that the attached file containing the “payload” is a music file — but even that’s not all that original. Of course, it appears the reporter doesn’t remember this either, so perhaps people have already forgotten and there’s a new generation of happy clickers getting infected. Where the warning gets really amusing is that they don’t seem to be that worried about spyware or trojans being embedded in the audio file… but that those audio files might contain “pornographic or offensive voice-recordings” that you wouldn’t want to play in front of friends, family or colleagues. Is this really a problem? Are people being inundated with pornographic voice recordings in spam messages that they’re clicking on and offending their family and friends?