Feeds

Reg gets Yaha treatment from top exec

O dear O dear...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Ah, the perils of profile. Every morning The Register has to get out the shovel and the wheelbarrow to deal with the huge pile of viral dross infesting the inbox. Well OK, we just use the delete button really, but it's still ordinarily a pretty tedious process. But just occasionally, you get a shipment that cheers you up immensely - it's still dross, granted, but dross from Very Important People working for Huge Companies Who Should Know Better.

For just over an hour now a computer apparently belonging to the vice president of technology solutions, EMEA for one of the major players in the Internet, e-business and database software markets (no, not Microsoft, we said major) has been sending us Yaha at approximately six minute intervals. Or to be strictly accurate, it's really been sending us empties because at the bottom of each it says:

[Filename: ...scr, Content-Type: application/octet-stream]
An attachment was removed from this message per * Corp Security Policy. This type of file is often used to transmit viruses or malicious payloads

Names deleted to protect the probably guilty. But it's not Sun either - got it yet, people? But it's thoughtful of the corporate mail system to monitor outgoing traffic so it can remove dangerous junk, while still allowing its operatives to spam all their contacts with harmless junk.

We've had a look at the message headers, and while this sort of stuff can look like it comes from an email ID when in reality it doesn't, this lot looks pretty genuine. But considering how crazy the company's boss (what do you mean you still haven't got it?) might go if he found out, we've decided to spare the VP's blushes. For the moment. Now, have you ever considered booking a major promotional campaign with The Register? ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report
If the spooks say they need it, they get it
Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance
Gov't is too broke for that, Russian prez says
Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches
German service pays tribute to Lavabit
Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
Canadian teen accused of raiding tax computers using OpenSSL bug
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released
File under 'this is going to hurt you more than it hurts me'
Arts and crafts store Michaels says 3 million credit cards exposed in breach
Meanwhile, Target investigators prepare for long process in nabbing hackers
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.