Possible threat?

rikona rikona at sonic.net
Fri Dec 21 03:49:18 UTC 2012

Hello David,

Thursday, December 20, 2012, 10:37:06 AM, David wrote:

> On Thu, 2012-12-20 at 08:40 -0800, rikona wrote:
>> client, TheBat. Unfortunately, Claws mail immediately opens the
>> link if you press the mouse button anywhere inside the link, and so
>> it was 

> Never, NEVER EVER click the damn link on unexpected/suspect
> messages! I thought we all knew this.

I do know that very well. In my usual client, I can press the mouse
button OUTSIDE the link, drag it in the link and highlight what I
want, then move the mouse back outside the link. The highlighting
remains and I can copy it **WITHOUT going to the link***. That is not
what happened in Claws mail, though - it went immediately to the link
as soon as I was on the link.

> The link often isn't what it appears to be i.e. the actual link is
> different to the text in the message which can be anything e.g.
> www.hsbc.co.uk but the link will send you off to some suspect domain
> that might be anything.

Agreed - I always check to see where it is going to go. If it's still
suspect, the email is copied, opened as text and examined/copied from

> I see this all the time.

Me too. :-)

> Or, if they're targeting customers of e.g. a bank, you can sometimes
> find something like abuse at example.com or phishing at example.com to
> forward it to and they'll use their muscle to try to put a stop to
> the perpetrator.

I do that if it seems like it might help.

> Maybe.

In my experience, maybe not is more accurate. :-))



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