Fraudulent e-mail from the 'CIA'

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Muskie, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. Muskie macrumors 6502

    Muskie

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    So this is an email I got this morning from Department[at]cia.gov:

    There was also an attatchment called "list.zip" which of course I did not open.

    Obviously this is a fake email, and I have emailed the CIA to let them know. I just wanted to pass the word on, and give anyone else a head's up. Don't want anyone to get stuck with something nasty. Not that I'm really worried about anything in that attatchment messing with OS X, but still.
     
  2. emw macrumors G4

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    More info here.

    Oddly enough, the virus only attacks the Windows OS. :rolleyes:
     
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Funny... over the past few days, I've been getting similar emails purported to be from my ISP service team saying that my account has been suspended or they need to me to confirm this or that so could you please open...


    ...this attached zip file thanks. :rolleyes:


    I did unzip one out of curiousity and lo and behold, a file called something.doc.exe

    Yeah. Right. Piss off.
     
  4. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Illegal websites get shut down by their ISPs. CIA doesn't go after the end user. Funny though. If I received such a letter I'd know it would be fake because I've visited way more than 30 illegal websites.

    In case it's real (just hypothetical of course ;)), then I suggest http://www.cgi-proxy.net as your first foray into the joys of anonymous web surfing.
     
  5. emw macrumors G4

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    "Your internet account has been suspended. Except, of course, for the part that allows you to send and receive e-mails and/or visit our website to submit private information."

    People who fall for that crap scare me.
     
  6. Muskie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yea, it's sad, and scary. And what's even more sad, is that if they do fall victim to one of these emails, it wont teach them anything, probably just make them hate computers more.
     
  7. clayj macrumors 604

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    Hell, the most important fact of all has been missed by all of you: The CIA is prohibited by LAW from performing ANY activities at all inside the US. Even if you surfed the official al-Qaida web site, the CIA couldn't do anything to you... they'd have to defer to the FBI.
     
  8. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Funnily enough...

    ...just got this back from my ISP a couple of minutes ago.


    MyTob? Is this new? Do I even care? :D
     
  9. Applespider macrumors G4

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    It's a new variant on an older worm apparently. I started getting lots of them landing in my junk folder yesterday.
     
  10. StokeLee macrumors 6502

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    Ive had three, one was the fbi.gov, one from someone claiming to be a friend, and one that if it wasnt for the other two i might of looked at for longer than five seconds saying an email sending had failed.
     
  11. yojitani macrumors 68000

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    What is an 'illegal website' anyway? Even if there was an al qaeda.net, what would be illegal about it??

    YOJ
     
  12. mac-er macrumors 65816

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    Child porn sites.
     
  13. AtHomeBoy_2000 macrumors 6502a

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    Everyone at my work is getting blasted with this thing. a few e-mails an hour!

    Needless to say, this is REALLY backing up my proposal to switch us over to Macs :)
     
  14. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    The PayPal link asking for donations, the shopping section selling/trafficking weapons, and the forum that trains/indoctrinates/manages people. ;)
     
  15. jimN macrumors 6502a

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    More to the point, people who fall for this crap get the vote and that scares me!
     
  16. joker2 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, know what you mean about a few an hour... though I seem to get concentrated bursts of about 65 landing in my junk folder all at once. (I've got a couple of my domains set up with one address as a catch-all).
     

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