I just received this rather threatening email from none other than the Central Intelligence Agency (who, as we all know, isn’t supposed to do domestic espionage. But you know, that’s beside the point).
From: Admin@cia.gov To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: You visit illegal websites Dear Sir/Madam, we have logged your IP-address on more than 30 illegal Websites. Important: Please answer our questions! The list of questions are attached. Yours faithfully, Steven Allison
OMG! Im teh pwn3d! ph34r!
Ok, here’s my duh-of-the-day confession: it’s a fake. I’ve been getting bombarded with emails like this since yesterday (if not the day before — I don’t remember). It’s from a new worm spreading through Windows systems like the flu through an airplane’s recycled air system.* For more information, check out this News.com.com.com article. Looks like Paris Hilton and the FBI are in on my “illegal” activities, too.
(* Note: You know, I still can’t figure out why airplanes need to recycle air. I mean, sure the air outside is thin, but isn’t the airplane like… uhm… surrounded by air? I mean, did I miss something here? Why not have like a turbine on the body of the plane which blasts air to the passengers in the cabin. At 500mph. Ok, never mind; that’s stupid. I don’t know — maybe it’s a pressure thing. Still, recycling air in an airplane is like… I don’t know, using treated sea water in an aquarium inside a submarine. That’s underwater. Uhm, yeah. That.
I’ll shut up now.)