Microsoft – Can you say ‘security’?

This subject sounded familiar and I see that I blogged about this in December ’07.

I received a padded envelope in the mail yesterday.  The only reference on this package was a return address label that read:

Microsoft
555 Monster Rd SW
Renton WA 98057

There was absolutely nothing in writing contained inside this package.  The only contents was a 512mb USB memory stick labeled Microsoft Small Business Specialist.

As knowledgable IT professionals – are we expected to just trust that there is nothing bad on this memory stick?  This might be a social engineering ploy and wouldn’t we have egg on our faces?

Microsoft, with your 89,000 employees or whatever the number – I should think that you would have one or two that could teach the rest some better means of communication – perhaps you could include a piece of paper that explained who and why this device had been sent?  Or perhaps, provide a telephone number that recipients (us) could call to verify the authenticiity of this device.

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2 Responses to “Microsoft – Can you say ‘security’?”

  1. AMD Talk » Microsoft - Can you say ’security’? Says:

    […] Matt Asay wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptMicrosoft, with your 89000 employees or whatever the number – I should think that you would have one or two that could teach the rest some better means of communication – perhaps you could include a piece of paper that explained who and … […]

  2. Dale Unroe Says:

    That is the USB drive promised to those who became SBSC’s quite awhile back. In one of the SBS Yahoo groups there has been an ongoing conversation of reports of SBSC’s from around the country receiving both these as well as the for sale copy of SBS that was also promised unders some similar condition.


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