Spam, stockings and rhino poop

Graham Cluley

Well, it makes a change from Paris, Lindsay and Britney I suppose..

The latest spam message to catch my eye uses a different tack than offering videos of female celebrities, or breaking news stories from CNN.

Yes, it’s pharmaceutical spam – trying to get you to visit a website and endanger your health as well as your wallet. If you are eagle-eyed you may even spot that they have dappled the message with some random characters (in a rainbow of colours) in a vain attempt to avoid detection by anti-spam software.

But what was really striking to me was the subject line used: “International Rhino Foundation selling the perfeect stocking stuffer — rrhino poop”.

Who exactly are they trying to target here? Is someone interested in buying the droppings of a horny rhinoceros really also going to want to improve their performance between the bedsheets?

Interestingly, after a moment’s Googling it…

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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, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.