Old Chain Letters Never Die…

…but they do morph, from time to time.

I’ve recently seen a couple of chain letters relating to supporting the armed forces that particularly irritate me: as it happens, I do have a close relative serving in the army, and I’m pretty sure that he won’t think we don’t care about him if we don’t wear red on Fridays or forward chain letters.

http://www.snopes.com/glurge/daughter.asp

A former colleague of my wife’s just forwarded a variation on the “forward this and get a free phone” sub-group of hoaxes that offers a free Sony-Ericsson laptop. (Love the graphic, but the T18 is a phone, not a laptop!)

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/nothing/ericsson.asp

At NASA, David Morrison has posted his response to the drivel about the world ending in 2012 that has been circulating lately:

http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/ask-an-astrobiologist/intro/nibiru-and-doomsday-2012-questions-and-answers

(Thanks, Gadi.)

And Graham Cluley has blogged on an old favourite that just recrossed his path:

http://www.sophos.com/blogs/gc/g/2009/11/18/simon-ashton-hacker-hoax-spreading-email/

IF A PERSON CALLED SIMON ASHTON (SIMON25@HOTMAIL.CO.UK ) CONTACTS YOU THROUGH EMAIL DON'T OPEN THE MESSAGE. DELETE IT BECAUSE HE IS A HACKER!!

Thanks, Graham, but the stuff about the cardboard cutouts is too much information. 🙂

Randy Abrams and I did a reserve paper for VB2009 on the whole hoax thing that should be going up on ESET’s white papers page (http://www.eset.com/download/whitepapers.php) soon. I’ll put the link up here when it does.

David Harley

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1 thought on “Old Chain Letters Never Die…

  1. Ian McMillan

    These hoaxes definitely are morphing.

    Lately, my friends and family members on Facebook have been asking about a similar Simon Ashton hacker type message. The hoax morph by asking the Facebook user to not add him as a friend and post the warning about Simon on there status to warn other users.

    My friends and family are genuinely alarmed by the message, and I’m annoyed by having to constantly explain the hoax.

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