Beatles for Sale? It’s spam of the day

Graham Cluley
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The BeatlesI’ve owned up to some of the great loves of my life in the past, here on Naked Security.

For instance, I’m a life-long fan of Doctor Who, and I’m very partial to a game of chess (even during a denial-of-service attack).

Today I can also share that I love The Beatles. In particular, anything from “Rubber Soul” and later when the “Yeah yeah yeah” turned into something rather more “Yeah man. Dig it”.

I’ve simply never come across a more talented combination of musicianship and songwriting abilities – for me, you can kick The Stones, The Who, Cream and.. yes.. even MeatLoaf to the kerb, as Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr are the guv’nors.

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So, perhaps I was the right person to receive the following spam message about a box set of remastered Beatles CDs and mini-documentaries.

Beatles spam email

If you click further on the email, which has clearly been written with a Spanish-speaking audience in mind, you discover – ¡Ay, caramba! – that whoever is touting this “box set” has actually shoved every Beatles track onto one DVD.

They’ve even gone to the effort of adding a mini-documentary for each official album from “Please Please Me” to “Abbey Road”.

Beatles spam website

It’s beginning to sound suspiciously like these tracks and the video content might be somewhat similar to what Apple announced for its iTunes store to great fanfare late last year.

In short, if you purchase goods like this advertised to you via spam – you’re not only encouraging the spammers to flood your inbox some more, but you’re also preventing Messrs McCartney and Starr, and the families of Lennon and Harrison from receiving their rightful earnings for their musical genius.

If you like music, buy it through official channels – and support the artists who created it. Don’t feed the spammers.


Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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