Spammers Targeting CEOs

from the sneaky,-sneaky dept

Apparently, late last week there was a well-coordinated spam attack directed at senior executives at various companies. The spam was personally addressed to CEOs, CIOs and CFOs among others, and contained an attachment to what was supposed to be an invoice, but what was actually a trojan horse program to hide on the network. The purpose, obviously, is corporate espionage, but it’s interesting to see that spammers figure that the higher up they aim, the more likely they are to get a hit — especially with the various stories about senior execs at big companies who still don’t quite understand how email works. Of course, it’s not clear that anyone has actually fallen for this yet — so it’s unclear if the targeting is effective (or if we’d ever know if it turned out to work). In the meantime, it is interesting to see spam scams become increasingly more sophisticated (and personalized).

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Overcast says:

Yeah, most CEO’s are quite brainless when it comes to technology. Not all – but many will just say “I don’t care what you do, I just need my email to work”.

Then the rest of the damn IT department devotes 3 employees to making sure the CEO never gets spam while he visits porn sites half the day.

And yes – I’m speaking from experience ๐Ÿ˜›

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