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Issue 92 - June 2009 - Page 11

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Ericsson Lap-Top Computer Giveaway Hoax
  2. Corpus Christi - Gay Jesus Movie Hoax
  3. Loteria Espana Scam Email
  4. Gibraltar Airport Runway Photographs
  5. One Way Glass Toilet
  6. Jim Neugent - Rude Response from ABC
  7. Nigerian Computer Scientist Advance Fee Scam
  8. Christopher Butterfield Hacker Warning Hoax
  9. Mars, Earth - Closest Approach in Recorded History
  10. Fake Facebook Login Phishing Scam
  11. Hacker Hoax Warning - Do Not Accept dr3am_rock or Linda M
  12. 1956 Hard Disk Drive - Disk Storage Unit for 305 RAMAC Computer

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Hacker Hoax Warning - Do Not Accept dr3am_rock or Linda M

Summary:
Message warns that a hacker that uses the address "dr3am_rock@hotmail.com" or the nick name "Linda M" can take over the computers of those who simply accept him as a contact (Full commentary below).



Status:
False

Example:(Submitted, April 2009)
Variant One:

Subject: FW: haker on da lose

Hello, do not accept; dr3am_rock@hotmail.com; he will ruin your computer,do worser things, Send around to your friends, because if one of your friends accept him, he will get you too anyway. Be quick, he started up yesterday, and moves quickly.{really quicky}

This guy is a player warn all your female friends it's most important he goes around and hurts girls mostly.

Tell all your contacts on your list NOT to accept Linda M, ITS A MAN ,A HACKER,goes into your computer and your contacts and steals your password on hotmail, yahoo, etc, if your friends accept it, you will get it too. Send this message to all of them, it's important, just do copy and paste or just click.

Even if they aren't true. Better safe than sorry. XxX so plz send to on to people that are famales or other boys who are likey to get hacked!!!! [SEND TO 2 ME ASWELL]

Variant Two:

Subject: FW: dr3am_rock@hotmail.com

Tell all your contacts not 2 accept dr3am_rock@hotmail.com ... he will pirate your computer and if one of your contacts accepts, he also hack in2 yours! Make fast it is moving since yesterday ...

PLEASE!! PLEASE!! SEND THIS ON!!




Commentary:
According to this rather breathless "warning", simply accepting a person with the email address "dr3am_rock@hotmail.com" as a contact will allow him to hack in to your computer and steal information such as passwords. It also warns that the hacker can gain access to your computer even if one of the people on your contact list accepts "dr3am_rock@hotmail.com" as a contact. Some versions of the warning message claim that the hacker goes by the nick name "Linda M".

However, the claims in the email are nonsense and should not be taken seriously. In fact, the message is just one more in a long line of very similar hoax messages that circulate via instant messaging, social networking, and email. From time to time some foolish prankster substitutes a new name and email address for those included in an earlier version of the hoax, perhaps alters a few other details, and then launches the hoax anew.

Another common variant falsely claims that accepting a person named Simon Ashton will allow him to hack your computer. As the following example shows, the two versions are very similar:
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!!!!!..
An even earlier version claimed that the hacker used the email address "bum_tnoo7@hotmail.com". Many other versions that feature other names and email addresses also circulate. All are equally false.

Moreover, the claims in these hoax messages are technically infeasible. All versions of the hoax imply 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. However, it is impossible for a hacker to take control of the user's computer in the way described. Hackers certainly use canny tactics designed to trick users into installing malware that allows them to take control of a computer from afar. And if a user inadvertently provided personal information such as a username and password to the hacker, he could certainly access his victim's online accounts and webmail. However, just adding even the smartest hacker's address to a contact list will not, by itself, allow him to take control of the user's computer. For a hacking attempt to be successful, some sort of file transfer or exchange of information is required.

Of course, most recipients send on such messages in the belief that they are helping their friends to avoid being caught in the net of a dangerous hacker. But in reality, these absurd hoaxes do nothing more than spread alarm and misinformation. Sending on such messages will help no one.



References:
Simon Ashton Email Hacker Hoax
Bum_tnoo7 Hacker Warning Hoax

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Issue 92 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Ericsson Lap-Top Computer Giveaway Hoax
  2. Corpus Christi - Gay Jesus Movie Hoax
  3. Loteria Espana Scam Email
  4. Gibraltar Airport Runway Photographs
  5. One Way Glass Toilet
  6. Jim Neugent - Rude Response from ABC
  7. Nigerian Computer Scientist Advance Fee Scam
  8. Christopher Butterfield Hacker Warning Hoax
  9. Mars, Earth - Closest Approach in Recorded History
  10. Fake Facebook Login Phishing Scam
  11. Hacker Hoax Warning - Do Not Accept dr3am_rock or Linda M
  12. 1956 Hard Disk Drive - Disk Storage Unit for 305 RAMAC Computer