Targeted Spam

Posted February 16th, 2007 by

ust wondering if anybody else out there in the InfoSecLand gets targeted spam on security- and IT-related subjects.  I get maybe one good, well-targeted spam per month.  I think it’s because I’ve had the same work email for over 4 years, and I’m on some security email lists, so I probably got hoovered off an archive someplace.
This is an excerpt of one I got this week:

Hi Michael ,

How are you doing?  I wanted to update you on the recent <DELETED> report titled <DELETED>

The price of this report is $3,395.  Please let me know if you would like to purchase this report.

Research and analysis highlights

Despite robust growth predicted in the <DELETED> end-user research reveals that the banks currently outsourcing a business process remain the most likely to outsource further such processes and that the market growth going forward will predominantly be generated in this part of the market.



Thank You.

Warm Regards,


Account Executive, Technology

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you are not the intended recipient or the person responsible for delivering to the intended recipient, please be advised that it has been sent in error and therefore any use is strictly prohibited.

If you are not the intended recipient, or if you are concerned about the content of this email, please notify our IT helpdesk on <DELETED>.

This stuff is good.  You could almost think that I was on their opt-in mailing list or that I had a relationship with this account executive.  If I was a little bit busier and a little less paranoid, I wouldn’t probably realize what this is: it’s unsolicited commercial email.  The kicker for me was the “intended recipient” tag at the bottom of the mail.  If you think about the irony of such a comment, it will make you die laughing.  The helpdesk number had a UK country code, not a big chance I’m going to call it.

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