I just remembered this story...
It was the summer of 2000. I was staying with a Spanish family in Pedro Muñoz, and they wanted to show me something on their computer that they thought was really cool. They opened up their email program – Microsoft Outlook I believe – and opened this attachment that launched a game of Whack-a-Mole. They loved their Whack-a-Mole and were quite excited to show me the cool things that got emailed to them. I think they asked if I could program similar games.
Now, alarm bells should be going off for all of you. If not, unplug your computer now.
Ok, those of you still with me know that opening a video game somebody sends you as an email attachment is a Very Bad Idea. Those of you who are in the know will recall that back then Cult of the Dead Cow (CDC) had released their BackOrifice software and that the primary vehicle for it was Whack-a-Mole. These poor Spaniards had fallen for a Trojan Horse and installed a bit of software that would let anybody 0wn their computer remotely. My Spanish wasn't anywhere near good enough to try to explain it to them, so I just smiled and played a game of Whack-a-Mole.
Heh... backorifice rocked. That is all.