When I was a kid, one night I thought I had a ghost in my room. I heard a scratch-scratch-scratch sound coming from my closet that would stop for several minutes and then start again several minutes later.
After what seemed like an eternity, I turned on the lights and looked at my 'ghost'. It was a plain old balloon, bouncing around on the heater vent in the corner of my bedroom. It was scary for me at the time. But once I found the balloon, it was the last time I was worried about ghosts.
I posted an item up for sale on Craigslist, and was excited to receive this email the next day:
From: Michael Haishkarem
Re: Re: [exact title of the item I posted]
saw the Ad you put up on craigslist titled - "[exact title of
the item I posted]" and I'm quite interested in purchasing this
but I am not too confident if it's the similar type that my cousin
is after. Here's a demo that I was able to cpy from my brother's
computer URL1 or try URL2. Can you please confirm its the similar
kind and get back to me as soon as possible. I'm ready to pay a
little more than what you put on for sale as long it matches the
Vid description and you can put it on hold for me.
After a few seconds of thought, I decided that this was a scam; probably a computer generated phishing attempt. Note the following hallmarks:
Several personal details (the cousin, the brother) intended to make the email seem more personal and authentic.
A generic email that could easily be re-used for other postings. The email title and item mention in the email body were what I had posted for the item; verbatim. These were clearly scraped right off of my Craigslist posting. And there was no other mention of the item in the email.
An appeal to the victim's greed. "Oh, you'll pay me more if I click these links?"
Internet Explorer is a 9 year old piece of software. It's doing pretty well for such an old collection of 1s and 0s. I wouldn't expect a developer to maintain an application this old, especially an application which was free in the first place. Microsoft does still patch IE6; though perhaps not as quickly as one would like.
Default ATM Password Hack: A default password, printed in the operator's manual (available online), allows a hacker to tell the ATM that it had 5 dollar bills where instead of the twenty dollar bills it actually contained.