Who needs spammers when you have the CIA pushing Viagra?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

We’ve grown to think of spammers and other internet bad guys as finely-honed organised criminals, quick to use new avenues to make a quick buck, and rapid in their exploitation of breaking news stories and emerging trends.

It’s therefore surprising to me that we have seen spammers doing such a poor job at profiteering from an apparent virgin market for Viagra. Afghan chieftains.

According to a report in the Washington Post, the CIA has discovered a novel way to extract information from ageing Afghan warlords – supplying them with the sex-enhancing drug Viagra.

The report describes how, in one case, a warlord in his sixties with four younger wives was given four pills of the anti-impotence drug. Four days later he returned for more in exchange for detailed information on Taliban movements. The news story explains…

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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.