HR Strange But True!
December 06, 2001
We all know that HR is never boring. But sometimes it can get downright weird...

For a story on the Goner computer virus, which began circulating Dec. 4, the New York Times interviewed David M. Perry, the global director of education for Trend Micro, a computer security company based in Tokyo.

Perry said many people still open unexpected attachments in their e-mail, violating the cardinal rule of computer protection. "They call and say, 'I downloaded it and I clicked on it - what should I have seen?'"

"'Your pink slip,'" he explained in a mock response, "'because you're an idiot.'"

For the unaware, Goner arrives in an e-mail message that says, "When I saw this screen saver, I immediately thought about you," and, "I am in a harry [sic], I promise you will love it!" The file attached to the message is named "Gone.scr."

Source: The New York Times (Registration required.)

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