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Dec. 19th, 2006 @ 12:49 pm Gotta love the government
In my work email this morning I discovered a phishing awareness training PowerPoint presentation that I'm supposed to read and reply saying that I've read it. I had considered being a smartass and replying saying that I don't read unsigned attachments because that might've been succumbing to a phishing attack, but I decided that since I was getting paid to read it, I better follow the directions. Then a couple of slides into the presentation, it outlines how I should be very cautious and not open unsigned attachments because they might contain malware...

Whoops, guess I failed that test.
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From:rozard
Date:December 19th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
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See?! That's why you go with your gut! =P
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From:susangc7
Date:December 19th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
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My department does that all the time -- for a long time, all department announcements were sent out as Word documents in emails where the body of the message was "Please see attached," and the subject line was similarly unhelpful. The kicker was when the message itself was only two lines of the Word document. Apparently the chair felt his formatting was better conveyed in Word.

In fact, the announcement this year for the holiday party was the same way, and it was from the undergrad in the chair's office, so not only was it a random attachment, it was from some guy we'd never heard of.

Considering the amount of spam we get, I'm surprised any of those messages ever got read, or possibly I'm more worried that they did -- we also got periodic email updates about whose computer had a virus. I'm once again glad we use Macs in the lab.
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From:johnmeier1
Date:December 19th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
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Irony is the most complex and enjoyable of humors (even if expected)

And, no, sarcasm does NOT beat irony.
From:trythil
Date:December 19th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
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And, no, sarcasm does NOT beat irony.

Oh, really?
From:trythil
Date:December 19th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Do you know who sent you the email, or have some other way of verifying the sender's identity?


If not, it would have been very funny to reply with I don't read unsigned attachments, have the sender re-send it with a signature, and then reply again saying that you can't open the attachment because the signature could not be verified.