Large Corporations Fall For ‘This is The Free Dowload Sex Movies’ E-Mail Worm. In 2010.

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Sigh. Stories like this make me wonder whether or not it’d be a good idea to license people to use the Internet. A fairly big worm spread around top companies—Disney, Comcast, and AIG were among the companies affected—yesterday. Thankfully, according to McAfee, it wasn’t a terribly destructive worm, but still. “Here You Have,” ideed.

The worm, which spread itself via e-mail, ran with the subject line “Here you have.” Other variants were out there, including one with a subject line “Just for You” and a body that read “This is The Free Dowload Sex Movies,you can find it Here.”

Hence, my thinking that licensing people to use the Internet, or at least making basic computer safety a part of the public education system here. If you fall for something that says “This is The Free Dowload Sex Movies,you can find it Here,” you really ought to think twice. Not only are you putting yourself at risk, which is bad enough, but you’re putting the entire Internet at risk.

Apparently the Department of Homeland Security is investing the worm, which must mean that some staffer way down on the totem pole got a whole office infected.

I should be running some Internet safety thing next week—it’s been delayed about four times at this point, for one reason or another—but hopefully it will address some of these issues.

I wish I could give the advice “Just stop using the Internet, it’s not worth the aggravation,” but that doesn’t really address the problem, now does it?

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