Spam and phishing mail

The moon – a spam-free zone?

There’s less than 4 hours to go until the 40th anniversary of the moon landings. I’ve been watching the countdown on the Moon Widget on my desktop, and pondering the lack of moon-related spam.

There’s been such huge media interest in the run-up to the anniversary, I would have expected cybercriminals to jump on the bandwagon. Not hard to imagine some of the subject lines: ‘Exclusive NASA archive footage!’ for Apollo 11 fans, or ‘The REAL truth about the moon landings!’ to tickle the fancy of conspiracy theorists. Stuff like that might almost manage to tempt me – and I work in the security industry! – into opening an attachment from an unknown source.

The spammers seem to have been curiously silent on this topic, and I can’t work out why. It seems to me they’ve missed a trick here which is kind of out of character. Maybe I’m just not cut out to be a spammer?

The moon – a spam-free zone?

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