The poll regarding SPAM and who has done what has ended. Just as a recap here is the question and the answer choices.
Have You or anyone you know actually bought something sold via spam or gotten a virus due to clicking on a malicious email link?Yes, I bought something. (0%)
Yes, I know someone who bought something. (7%)
No, I have not bought anything nor no anyone who has. (45%)
Yes, I have gotten a virus via a malicious email link. (11%)
Yes, I know someone who has gotten a virus via a malicious link. (54%)
Obviously the totals add up to more than 100% because you could choose more than one answer.
I like the honesty of those who admitted to getting a virus because the clicked on a malicious link. That's something hard to admit especially when you are in IT or Information Security.
That is bad enough but to me the real danger here is the potential of getting your machine infected or owned by clicking on a malicious link in and email. Getting a traditional virus or worm is bad but today the real likelihood is that you will get botware that turns your PC into a SPAM bot or allows it to be used for other nefarious purposes. Worse than that is getting a rootkit or keystroke logger that is used to steal your identity and all of your user ID's and passwords for online banking, trading, etc... This can really cause nightmares in real life.
Thanks again for taking my poll and I'll have another one posted soon.