Tricontahedral Solitudinarian

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Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam…

Posted by Doug on April 5, 2010

Okay, Skype is free, so I really can’t complain too much about the spam messages I get, but this one just made me laugh at its utter lameness:

[00:33:24] Request Support: WINDOWS REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

URGENT SYSTEM SCAN NOTIFICATION ! PLEASE READ CAREFULLY !!

http://www. I am not posting this url .org/

For the link to become active, please click on ‘Add to contacts’ skype button or type it in manually into your web browser !

FULL DETAILS OF SCAN RESULT BELOW

****************************************

WINDOWS REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

ATTENTION ! Security Center has detected

malware on your computer !

Affected Software:

Microsoft Windows Vista

Microsoft Windows XP

Microsoft Windows 2000

Microsoft Windows Server 2003

Impact of Vulnerability: Remote Code Execution / Virus Infection /

Unexpected shutdowns

Recommendation: Users running vulnerable version should install a repair utility immediately

Your system IS affected, download the patch from the address below !

Failure to do so may result in severe computer malfunction.

http://www. I am not posting this url .org/

For the link to become active, please click on ‘Add to contacts’ skype button or type it in manually into your web browser!

Okay, first off, I have absolutely no intention of clicking on any links in spam messages or mail as a matter of principle.  Second, I’m not going to add some random spammer to my contacts list so they can spam me even more.  Third, whatever this “Security Center” is that detected malware on my computer is demonstrably useless: I’m not running any version of Windows (I’m pretty sure no scan was done in the first place, and they just send this text to everyone to get them to go to their crappy webpage, but even if it had scanned Hitagi somehow, one would hope it would notice that Hitagi’s running Ubuntu).

Of course, a quick Google search turns up a warning that the site linked to is a known phishing site.  I know the majority of netizens are savvy enough not to fall for such a trick, but there are always those who, for a variety of reasons, just don’t know about stuff like this.  Simply put, if anyone online asks for any information whatsoever, do not tell them anything unless you are absolutely sure that they are who they claim they are, and that you really need to give the information they request.  A healthy level of paranoia can save you some headaches down the line.

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