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You've Got Mail aka The Danger in Unwanted Messages

What can your mail hide from you and what can be hidden in it.

Lada Kadaníková

on 19 November 2013

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Transcript of You've Got Mail aka The Danger in Unwanted Messages

You've got

- to be aware about the possibilities & dangers

- to realize what to protect yourself & your sensitive information from

- not to be the fool
You for you
aka The Danger
of Unwanted Messages

- mostly to harm &/or use recipient =>
automatic filters +
read closely/don't click/don't answer

- uses "spoofing"

- contacts bought, "harvested", gained from databases/forms

- spam, scam, phishing, pharming

- unwanted messages
sent massively

- mostly advertising content

- huge amount (most of it filtered)

- different medias, different types
- special kind of spam using user's
trust to
financially benefit at the expanse of receiver

- example: Letters from Nigeria,
Fake Loteries
- masking as known sources
(usually financial companies)
=> asking for sensitive data, if given => theft/ID fraud
- same goals as phishing but harder to detect & protect from

- creating scam website => masking as the official one => getting sensitive data

- automatic redirection to scam websites

- more trustworthy

- once received => spread further

- isn't always dangerous

- chain mail, hoax
- widely known

- different purposes
(hoax, joke, gaining contacts)
You've got mail!
How to fool users for fun
aka what's hoax
message created
to alarm or confuse

- wannabe trustworthy, possibly dangerous

- example: paying for Facebook, "stories from life"
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