Hoy he querido mencionar una clasificación sobre rumores (hoax) que circulan por correo electrónico, que como podéis ver, aunque parezcan inofensivos, también son una amenaza para la seguridad de la información. Es más, a veces se subestima su auténtico potencial, pero un rumor bien difundido y con mala intención, puede causar un dańo en la imagen de la compańia mucho mayor del que causa sobre los equipos, un virus informático.
A continuación, se detalla la clasificación de Hoax que ha realizado Hoaxbusters.
Malicious Code (Virus and Trojan ) Warnings
Warnings about Trojans, viruses, and other malicious code that has no basis in fact. The Good Times and other similar warnings are here.
Warnings and stories about bad things happening to people and animals that never really happened. These are the poodle in the microwave and needles in movie theater seats variety.
Stories about give aways by large companies. If you only send this on, some big company will send you a lot of money, clothes, a free vacation, etc., etc. Expect to wait a long time for any of these to pay off.
Out of date warnings and warnings about real things that are not really much of a problem..
Sympathy Letters and Requests to Help Someone Requests for help or sympathy for someone who has had a problem or accident.
Traditional Chain Letters
Traditional chain letters that threaten bad luck if you do not send them on or that request you to send money to the top n people on the list before sending it on..
Mail that threatens to hurt you, your computer, or someone else if you do not pass on the message.
Mail messages that appear to be from a legitimate company but that are scams and cons.
Mail messages that warn you about terrible things that happen to people (especially women).
Jokes Warning messages that it's hard to imagine that anyone would believe.
Real stories and messages that are not hoaxes but are still making the rounds of the Internet.
Real stories where the facts have been adjusted to fit someone's political agenda.
I created this section for stories that just don't ring true, but that I cannot prove one way or the other.