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Hackers send malware by regular mail
Sounds crazy right? Computer games veteran Brian Krebs claims that this happens quite often. Suspicious envelopes can be marked with mail from any country; these letters are often found in the mailboxes of state and local authorities.



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Inside there is a rambling letter that seems to be meaningless as is a CD, or flash drives. It’s hard to say exactly what this letter is.

This is probably the point. Whoever collects these letters, he knows that entangling a person can help infect the system, because curiosity prevails. And curiosity is just that thing that can lead a person to insert this CD, or flash drive, into the computer, having no idea who sent it or why. Yes, people really do such things.

In fact, the letter itself may be carelessly printed, because the one who sends it by mail considers that it will not be read anyway. The mere presence of something that can get into the computer is enough to convince many people that they need to see the contents of this drive.

This is much more likely than you think. A study conducted in 2016 showed that 50% of people plug in a random USB drive that they find in a public place, without any fear.

According to Krebs, the disks received state archives, historical societies and the Department of Cultural Affairs of one state. At first glance, they may seem strange goals.

Hackers could look for a "back door" - hoping to infect a computer somewhere else. On the other hand, it could be an inexperienced ransomware attack aimed at a low level of security and secrecy.

Be that as it may, let's hope that no one inserts one of these drives into a government computer.


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