This is the 3rd part of my vlog mini-series talking about dodgy scam emails. This one is a history lesson, so pay close attention, as from the past we can shape our future. Those immortal words that at the right time and place, and from the right person can be magical, but from the wrong person? They can cause so much trouble, so what are those words?
“I love you.”
“Some emails are just DODGY! (Part 3)” IT Support Episode 17
Hi, I’m Christian from “Northstar IT” and this week I’m continuing my topic of “Dodgy emails”.
Cast your mind back to the year 2000.
Yes, we did use email back in the year 2000.
Some people, probably, watching this vlog weren’t even born in the year 2000 which personally is a very depressing thought. However, back then there
was an email scam a worm as it was more commonly known as, called the “I love you” attack. Or the “love bug”, it was called many things what it basically was, a scam email that was sent on mass and the subject line was “I love you”.
How many people opened that email from a complete stranger. Or a random customer, supplier, whoever they had regular contact with and in some cases
no contact at all and opened an email saying “I love you”. On that email was an attachment with the aforementioned worm in it. That went on to attack around about 10 million computers.
Now in today’s world 10 million actually isn’t very much however back in the year 2000 it was huge, a global news story.
So my advice to you is, if you receive an email from someone you don’t know or an email from someone you do, but with a subject line of something you wouldn’t usually expect to hear from them don’t randomly open attachments on it or click on links that are inside of that email.
Think first. Click second.
And always remember, it’s better safe than sorry.
Until next week.