one note for the day

June 14, 2008 at 5:58 pm Leave a comment

I simply had to look at a bit of my back-logged e-mail, and I came upon this.  Recently the MSN homepage was hit by a combination of ‘typosquatting’ (i.e. common mis-spellings/typings of domain names) and spoofed images because of a successful impersonation of ImageShack on IM.  Make sure you know who you’re talking to, or you could accept a message that loads your machine with all sorts of neat stuff you don’t want.

 

Recently enough I was hit by a Netsky virus and ended up having to reinstall Windows.  If it hadn’t been because of luck (and paranoia resulting in multiple backups on various media), I’d have been starting from zero.

 

Try to be careful.  Watch for news of new infestations.  And even on something like MSN or Yahoo! homepage if it looks odd, stop and think.  If it should be a secure site, look for the lock.

–Glenn

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