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Issue 82 - May 2008 - Page 7

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Protests Against Starving Dog Art Exhibition
  2. Mini Lobster Contamination Warning
  3. Economic Stimulus Refund Phishing Scam
  4. Refugee Monthly Allowance From Australian Government Hoax
  5. "What Do People Fear Most?" - Magazine Survey Email Hoax
  6. United States District Court Subpoena Malware Email
  7. Simon Ashton Email Hacker Hoax
  8. Elephant Painting Portrait Video
  9. New Prison Photographs - Prison vs Work
  10. Nareepol Tree
  11. Pearl Harbor Box Brownie Photographs
  12. British High Court Disclaim Form Lottery Scam
  13. Fire Rainbow Photograph
  14. Self Parking Garage
  15. Indian Two Faced Baby

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Simon Ashton Email Hacker Hoax

Summary:
Message warns that simply accepting an email from a sender called Simon Ashton (simon_25_@hotmail.co.uk) will allow him to hack your email account as well as the accounts of others on your email contact list (Full commentary below).



Status:
False

Example:(Submitted, April 2008)
Important!!

Better safe than sorry!!

Send this onto your friends

IF THIS PERSON CALLED SIMON ASHTON (SIMON_25_@HOTMAIL.CO.UK) CONTACTS YOU THROUGH EMAIL DONT ACCEPT HIM. DELETE HIM BECAUSE HE IS A HACKER!!

TELL EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS HIM THEN YOU WILL GET HIM ON YOUR LIST. HE WILL FIGURE OUT YOUR ID COMPUTER ADDRESS, SO COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE AND FAST BECAUSE IF HE HACKS THEIR EMAIL HE HACKS YOUR MAIL TOO!!!!!..




Commentary:
According to this warning message, "accepting" an email from a person named Simon Ashton, who uses the email address simon_25_@hotmail.co.uk, will allow him to hack your email account as well as the accounts of other people on your email contact list.

However, these claims are unfounded. The "warning" is just a mutation of another hacker warning hoax that targets instant message users. As the following example indicates, the two hoaxes are very similar:
If somebody called bum_tnoo7@hotmail.com adds you don't accept it because its a hacker. Tell everyone on your list because if somebody on your list adds them you get them on your list he'll figure out Your ID, computer address, so copy and paste this message to everyone even if you hate them and fast cause if he hacks their email he hacks your mail
These bogus hacker warnings are just variations of a long-running series of hoaxes like the one shown below that claim that simply adding an email address to your list will infect you computer with a virus:
SEND IT ON PLZ ITS URGENT!!! IF STUNNER_6T9@HOTMAIL.COM ADDS YOU TO YOUR MSN DONT ACCEPT IT. ITS A VIRUS. TELL EVERYONE ON YOUR MSN BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS THEM U GET THE VIRUS TOO.

PLZ SEND IT ON!!!!
Clearly, all three "warnings" are variants of the same basic hoax. Along with those listed here, there are literally dozens of other versions of the hoax. In many cases, the versions are almost identical except for the email address of the supposed hacker or virus. All are equally nonsensical and should be disregarded. Apparently, from time to time, pranksters replace one of the existing email addresses with a new one and send it on. Thus, at any one time, there may be a number of different versions of the hoax circulating.

Like other versions, this message implies that simply accepting the address into your contact list will give the hacker access to your email account along with the accounts of everyone else on your list as well. This is technically infeasible. Of course, a hacker might use clever ruses to trick you into actually installing malware that allowed him to take control of your computer. And if you inadvertently provided personal information such as a username and password to the hacker, he could possibly access your online accounts and webmail. However, just adding even the cleverest hacker's address to your contact list will not, by itself, afford him this level of hacking power. Some sort of file transfer or exchange of information would, of course, be necessary.

There are also no references to a hacker named Simon Ashton or his email address on any credible anti-virus or Internet security websites. Bogus warnings such as this do nothing more than clutter email inboxes, blogs and forums with even more utterly useless information.

References:
Bum_tnoo7 Hacker Warning Hoax
MSN Contact List Virus Hoax

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Issue 82 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Protests Against Starving Dog Art Exhibition
  2. Mini Lobster Contamination Warning
  3. Economic Stimulus Refund Phishing Scam
  4. Refugee Monthly Allowance From Australian Government Hoax
  5. "What Do People Fear Most?" - Magazine Survey Email Hoax
  6. United States District Court Subpoena Malware Email
  7. Simon Ashton Email Hacker Hoax
  8. Elephant Painting Portrait Video
  9. New Prison Photographs - Prison vs Work
  10. Nareepol Tree
  11. Pearl Harbor Box Brownie Photographs
  12. British High Court Disclaim Form Lottery Scam
  13. Fire Rainbow Photograph
  14. Self Parking Garage
  15. Indian Two Faced Baby