Spam: Harder To Kill Than 19th Century Russian Monks

by Caezar M
What? nobody understands rasputin jokes? very well….


this article is about how there is a never a lack of creativity amongst people who are trying to steal your information. as web pages get more user friendly and offer more features to their users the people who create spam are finding more ways to exploit you for your information. some of these ways are posting links in forums of something attractive that then ask you to fill out a survery, bogus QR Codes,  content farming, and spam fortified apps. just to list a couple of the ways that you might be getting douped, spammers create fake websites that look legitimate in order to get you to give up your information in exhacnge for some gossip you have to hear. something new-ish is called “like” jacking on facebook. where you like a page and on your facebook feed it says you have liked something completely different, the likes can be simple or not appropriate and they try to coax your friends to click on them too. a new trend is QR code scanning, if you dont know what you are scanning then you probobly should not. some of these QR codes will land you with malware. there are many things you can do to avoid spam but the best way is to probobly use common sense.


Spam is getting to be a huge problem and especially in places where it was not a problem before. you get lured into a situation where you might have to give up your information and then you get hammered with the consequences whatever they may be. but what i like about this article is that it shows that we are not safe ANYWHERE we go. you are not safe on facebook, twitter, or even your own email. recently i got emails from a friend and i was like “this is not her” so i called her up asked her to check and she had no records of sending me anything. so somewhere my contact list got lifted, and my contacts emails applied to spam emails that were mailed to me so that i might open them. i congratulate the spammers on being really creative, because i had thought of that years ago, but seriously its getting bad. as long as we keep our wits about us we should prevail.


Christina DesMarais. (2012, February 05 ). New Digital Spam: How Bad Guys Try to Trick You; How to Avoid the Traps. PCWorld. Retrieved February 05, 2012, from

5 thoughts on “Spam: Harder To Kill Than 19th Century Russian Monks”

  1. It is amazing to see more and more creative ways people come up with to steal private information. It seems that every couple of days, there is a new threat. End users have to be very careful on the web.

  2. I would’ve got the joke if you said something else…I don’t know, he wasn’t very well known for being a monk ._.

  3. Honestly I am not very surprised at all, hackers are constantly on the look out for the next best hit. I do not remember his name, but this guy actually does this for a living publicly. He goes around to different, huge corporations and hacks into their systems. And then public announces this discovery. He never actually does anything with the information he retrieves, his purpose is just to show that even the big ones can be taken down.

  4. I always trash any email, comment with weird links from strangers. If they are from someone i know, i ask them or if i could not contact them, i would use public computers/ my secondary computer (with nothing inside except firewall+antivirus) to check them at my last resort.

  5. Very creative title, I was hoping you had a photo of a 19th century russian monk posted. In regards to SPAM, I would have to agree that there are a lot more e-mails now with hypertext or vectors with embedded code. A lot has changed from the good'ol phishing tactics. Still, would it really be better to just be a hermit and use text based web surfing?

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