Spam Scam Says You're Fired

from the well-that-sucks dept

In the last year or so, the concept of “spear phishing” has gained a lot of popularity. Rather than broadly phishing by sending out emails pretending to be from companies with huge numbers of users/customers such as eBay or Citibank, spear phishing is much more targeted, and sometimes much more devious. It is often sent directly to people at a certain organization, made to look like it comes from someone at that organization and designed to play on what that organization does. It seems that some phishing scammers went one step further last week, using a spear phishing attack on employees of the Dekalb Medical Center. The email itself appeared to come from the medical center and told the employees they were being laid off. It included a link to a website supposedly for “career-counseling information,” but actually directing people to a website that automatically downloaded a keylogger program. Enough employees were freaked out enough by the notice that they didn’t consider it might be a scam, and clicked on the link. Once again, it shows how the scammers continue to adjust and adapt, and how difficult it can be to spot some of these types of scams.

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KB (user link) says:

Re: I predict...

Nonsense. If someone comes to your door and asks to come into your house for some bogus reason, you would tell them to **** off. If someone sent you a letter or something you’d question it’s veracity.

Just because end-users are STILL too dumb to filter their email does not mean that legislation is required or warranted. Education is required.

How about this as a radical idea. Make spreading email viruses prosecutable. Anyone stupid (read negligent) enough to spread a worm or virus can be held accountable for that action. If you take the proper precautions, you will be fine.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: I predict...

Hrm.. first of all I agree in general terms but it sounds like you haven’t quite grasped the reality of the current state of burocracy we live in so the prediction isn’t nonsense (IMO).

Yes, better education should be given to the masses but that’s not necessarily going to happen even though it should.

spreading email viruses is ALREADY prosecutable and plenty of individuals have been convicted for malicious intent after doing just that so your “radical idea” seems radically in the dark.

Look at the educational state and laziness of people in this country and tell me that they’ll vote for better education over government regulation – please. I highly doubt the majority of the sheeple in this country will bother to do what’s good for them since they all need to be spoon fed.

Matthew says:

Well maybe the text message termination will go aw

There have been plenty of stories about people that receive a text message informing the said person that his or her services are no longer needed.

If this story could catch on, and it seems like just the scary thing news shows want these days, then companies will have to grow spines and create policies that require them to fire someone face to face.

RH says:

Tuff Luv

Tell me the truth, would you accept a termination EMAIL as fact???? Even if companies choose to do this, I would immediately rise up from my chair, and walk to the nearest boss.

Two choices:

a) people who click a link from unknown or “potentially unlikely” senders and thus get violated should have no legal recourse at all. You get what you pay for, and if they’re not going to educate themselves or use (forbid) COMMON SENSE, then they have to live with it.

b) stop using a pc

Next, find someone who can trace the link to a server/ISP, interrogate for the creator/owner/maintainer/billpayer, and arrest them.

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