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Sony Ericsson T18 Laptop for Free?

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Inboxes around the world got hit these days with a new
sequel of the (in)famous Sony Ericsson gadget hoax.

The unsolicited message, usually arriving as a part of a chain
letter from unaware (but, probably, with good intentions) friends or
colleagues, holds a graphic piece displaying the company logo, two laptop
images and a text that invites the recipients to participate in a “brand
promotion” campaign, as you can see below:

 

Sony Ericsson Hoax

 

In fact, this is the revival of an (at least) two years old
hoax that promised “computer laptops” in exchange of disseminating a similar
message, that relied on a behavioral vector such as greed as part of social
engineering strategy.

The most striking inadvertences that appear in the message
are associated with the laptop brand and models.

First, Ericsson is a Swedish telecommunication company,
which does not produce laptops (but phones and cells). Its partner from the
joint venture established in 2001, Sony, is the company that manufactures
laptops.

Second, T18 and R320 are not laptop
models, but discontinued cell phones – the ancestors of our contemporary ultra
portable mobiles, introduced about a decade ago.

Last, Sony Ericsson came up earlier this week with a press
release
, which confirms that the alleged competition is a fraud and the
contact name, e-mail address and the signer of the announcement are just pure
inventions.

About the author

Răzvan LIVINTZ

With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.

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