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Do as I Say, Not as I Do

Created: 07 Jan 2008 08:00:00 GMT • Updated: 23 Jan 2014 18:43:12 GMT
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In these “Stormy” times, here at Symantecwe regularly warn users to be wary of following links in unsolicitedemail. Could it be considered a coincidence then that I received thefollowing gem directly to my work email:

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Was this a clever use of reverse psychology by phishers or malwareauthors? Or, had I really received an unsolicited (and unsigned) emailfrom the author of a couple of recent whitepapers on "footprinting" andsocial engineering, asking me to click on a link?

It turns out it was the latter. Thankfully the link wasn’t malicious(the lack of misspellings in the mail was one of few clues!), but somepeople need to start practicing what they’re preaching.