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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
09/27/03: Fake Postcard Virus
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I got some mail that said that by sending a postcard to
somebody I can then spy on their computer. What's
the REAL story there ?
Remember, spammers lie.
They will write any BS to con some dumb sheep out of
Sure, if somebody is stupid enough to click on an exe
file arriving as an attachment, then they can get a worm
that will build a back door for a hacker. Nothing new
With normal postcards, like the ones on the 48,300 sites
that use the MyPostcards.com software, there is NO
attachment, ever. They just have a link that goes to a
web page that shows you your postcard.
If you get something, anything, with an attachment that
looks like a worm or virus, your anti-virus program will
get it. Or you will dump it. But it is very unlikely that
you will have a sillyness attack so severe that YOU
would click on weird stuff like that.
Just dump that spam and don't worry about it.
REAL postcards don't have exe files attached.
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