Beware of Spoofing & Phishing, Mar 05

BY JIM KARPEN

I’ve been falsely accused! I received this email froma colleague: “Even YOU get caught sometimes in the virus web! But don’tworry, I didn’t open it, because you just aren’t a ‘hi’ kindof person, and neither am I. This does drive me crazy, though! I’ve alreadydeleted it.”

The nerve! Accusing me of sending a virus. Well, I supposed it could be possible,but it seemed unlikely. So I checked the particular virus that she had received:W32/Netsky.d@MM. According the authoritative information online, this virusdoesn’t affect Macintoshes. And I use a Mac. Couldn’t have beenme.

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Jim Karpen, Ph.D., college professor, Internet devotee. Jim teaches writing at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. Jim has been interested in the revolutionary consequences of computer technology ever since writing his Ph.D. dissertation in 1984 at Bowling Green State University on the study of the "digitized word".