Connoisseurs of hoaxes will be pleased that an old friend has turned up in a new dress for a new platform.
Oliver Devane has reported on the Avertlabs blog (wow! that’s a long URL!) that he’s received an example of the type of message that reads something like “if you get a message from [whoever] don’t open it: he’s a hacker and will bring down your system”.
I’ve seen a heck of a lot of these over the years, but this one is different in one or two respects. Most significantly, it’s tailored for the Blackberry and sent out via Blackberry Messenger. I rather like the fact that the alleged hacker is apparently female. Somehow, this seems appropriate at a time when over 50% of the US workforce is, apparently, now also female. I guess the glass ceiling is cracking: maybe it’s the cold weather.
Interestingly, Oliver suggests that the explosion of social networks may be contributing to a rise in hoaxes, chain letters and other spam, because it’s getting easier all the time to add contacts across platforms.
David Harley FBCS CITP CISSP
Chief Operations Officer, AVIEN
Director of Malware Intelligence, ESET