One of the tactics used to persuade people in arguments is referred to as Reductio ad absurdum, which in Latin translates to “reduction to the absurd”. (If you’re a math geek you’ll understand it’s application with proof by contradiction).
Regardless, while an email I received was probably intended to be a joke that the author may hope to go viral, I think it’s a great security lesson.
You have just received a Taliban virus. Since we are not so technologicaly advanced in Afghanistan, this is a MANUAL virus. Please delete all the files on your hard disk yourself and send this mail to everyone you know.
Thank you very much for helping us.
Thanks & Regards
While this is entertaining and may seem absurd, at it’s core, it is the root of most SPAM. It doesn’t ask you to click here, validate your mother’s maiden name, or that you may “already be a winner” like most of the other SPAM or Phishing attacks. However by reducing the information to the absurd, it should help everyone understand the malicious intent of most unsolicited emails.