Sunday, February 07, 2021

Who Is Minding The Store?

I received this from an organisation I do business with.  I have determined that it is not the result of a hack or some tricky new sort of spam. It's just machines doing automatic machine things.

We have received a request to change your email address from w***@***** to w***@*****. (The two are identical)

If this request was made in error, please log into your account to review this update.

6 comments:

Sponge-headed ScienceMan said...

There's a professional association that I dropped a number of years ago and aside from not renewing my annual dues I wrote them and said I was "retiring" (of sorts). I still get newsie emails from their automated list-serve but there's no way to unsubscribe unless I log on to the association's website and change my communication preference. Of course since I'm no longer a member I don't have any log-in abilities. And so it goes in the digital world....

james said...

A group of ten top software engineers is sent to a class for aspiring managers. The teacher walks in and asks this question:

"You work for a software company which develops avionics (software that controls the instruments of an airplane). One day you are taking a business trip. As you get on the plane you see a plaque that says this plane is using a beta of the software your team developed. Who would get off?"

Nine developers raised their hands. The teacher looked at the tenth and asked, "Why would you stay on?"

The tenth said, "if my team wrote the software, the plane would not get off the ground, much less crash."

Aggie said...

Are you certain they are not after your password? Looks like a phishing attempt to me - triple check the link before you respond - better yet, don't respond at all.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

I have not responded, just in case. Hovering over the links looks legit, but why even bother? Thank you.

Unknown said...

Unfortunately 'look legit' is no longer close enough. "homograph" attacks use letters that look exactly like latin alphabet, but are different such as a similar forms in cyrillic:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDN_homograph_attack

Assistant Village Idiot said...

There you are, then. No reason to test the waters anyway.