Received an e-mail today from hackers trying to trick me into opening a file attached to the e-mail. The file was, of course, malware.  Below is a copy of the fake Facebook e-mail. These e-mails have been circulating since January 2010.

Hey <username>,

Because of the measures taken to provide safety to our clients, your password has been changed.

You can find your new password in attached document.


The Facebook Team

First, “Hey” as the greeting on an official piece of e-mail??

Second, the real ‘Facebook Team’ controls the Facebook system and had no need to do anything with user passwords.  There is no need for them to change your password.  Sending everyone e-mails is just too much work and way too unsecure.  They might prompt you to change your password in the Facebook system yourself.

Third, the Facebook administrators would NEVER send you an attachment with the actual password because attachments are the number one way people’s computers get infected, people open attachments without thinking.  The bad guys have been sending malware as attachments for as long as I have been using e-mail–over 25 years.

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