Thursday, November 21, 2013

Law enforcement, intelligence paying more attention to spam

I have learned, in some private discussions lately, that law enforcement and intelligence is more concerned than it used to be about the possibility that “steganographic” instructions for crime or possibly terror attacks could be embedded in spam, as in emails, blogs, or particularly unmonitored comments.  Law enforcement has, of course, in recent years looked at social media for evidences of crime;  in a few cases it has been overzealous in interpreting hyperbole as “threats” as in a recent case in Texas (July 3, 2013). 
I continue to receive a large volume of bank-related spam, and "Nigerian scams" that get through AOL.  Banks usually say, when the emails are sent to "abuse", that they've seen the emails before. 
Again, there are some specifics that I can't get into, but in general I'm surprised about the scams and counterfeit goods that people fall for, even people who don't live paycheck-to-paycheck.  The urge to want something for nothing ("it's free") seems too strong for some people. 

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