I used to put selected quotes at the bottom of my emails, a practice that broke down when I was forced to give up Emacs as my mail program. The fun part of that was collecting a pool of quotes to pull from. Here’s one of them:
“What I had not realized is that extremely short exposures to a relatively simple computer program could induce powerful delusional thinking in quite normal people.” — Weizenbaum 76
That’s from Weizenbaum’s paper on Eliza.
I just received a phishing attempt via Skype chat; very primitive. Not as crude as this example though. Reminded me of Eliza. I bet we will see much more sophisticated automation for IM phishing.
Ebay’s acquisition of Skype and the resulting challenge of merging the user accounts creates a moment of high drama in the phishing passion play. Particularly when you recall that Paypal is part of eBay.