Is this spam? If so, it’s ironic who is sending it

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Today I received the following email promoting an event all about data protection and privacy that is going to be held in Scotland later this month.

One of the star speakers is the Assistant Information Comissioner for Scotland, Dr Ken Macdonald.

Do you notice anything at all odd about the email?

Well, if you haven’t spotted yet let me make it clearer.

The email was sent to klingon@sophos.com.

That’s an email address we set up for anyone who has questions about the novelty Klingon Anti-Virus product we released earlier this year. (You might remember the amusing YMCA/Klingon mashup video we produced in its honour).

Now, I don’t remember signing up to receive information from Data Protection Scotland with the email address klingon@sophos.com. Nor did I use…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.