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fauxhemian writes: So I went to the letterbox this morning and saw an envelope with no name, but obviously with my address.

When I opened the envelope up, I found two sticks of RAM in a plastic case.

There was no receipt or document inside — nothing to explain where it came from, or why.

I have not ordered RAM in years.

And now my brain keeps posing questions:
Why would someone do this? Why no name? Why no explanation of the source?

If it's a gift, why not include a note of explanation?

If it's a case of wrong address — why was no name placed on the envelope?

And that leads me to: Is this a really oafish & extremely clumsy attempt at gaining access to one of my machines? Could the RAM run embedded code, acting as a trojan attack vector?

But then why not just send me a USB stick badged as a promotional item?

Any ideas Slashdot?

Has this happened to any of you?

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  • Perhaps it's some RAM from a while back that someone found, identified it to be yours and mailed it back. Or, it could be a dead-letter forwarded on by whoever found it in the bottom of a mailbag somewhere. Or it could be returned by someone who found the RAM after you had sold it to someone else, but they had not used it and passed away.

    I could keep going, but you can see the multitude of possibilities by this point, I'm sure.

    • Haven't sold RAM or machines, and I haven't chucked any out.

      There are a lot of possibilities, best one appears to be be that it was simply sent to the wrong address.

      Sure would be helpful if there was a return address and a name on the envelope...

  • The RAM is volatile, I imagine, so it is fairly unlikely to have anything malicious on it.

    Boot Linux and run Memtest-86 on it for awhile, few days, whatever. That might provide some useful info.

    Anything malicious that were preloaded on the RAM would depend upon the OS running, so there might be some security through obscurity there.

    Finally, find a shop with similar RAM & packaging, buy something identical, return the one you received in the mail, free RAM for you.

    Final final option, mail it to me; free

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