Posts tagged ‘scam’


IT ISN’T.  You were cruising Yahoo and you didn’t have javascript blocked.  NOTICE that this is a javascript file you have ‘requested to download’.


Never take a Firefox Update from Yahoo.  To check to see if your version of Mozilla Firefox is current, go to the ‘hamburger menu’ [three lines stacked on one another], click, go to help, go to about.  If your version of Firefox isn’t current it will automatically update.


Any other method should be regarded as suspect.  Even if you’re almost positive that the ‘update’ is genuine it cannot possibly hurt to double check.  If you don’t the results vary from minor inconvenience (removing all apps and starting fresh, getting them back one by one) to quite conceivably ushering in a virus or rootkit.


These attempts are becoming more and more frequent.  Good luck.

August 25, 2017 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

I was reminded to visit my account I’d just set up.

Problem is, I didn’t.  If you get a message like that, the best possible thing to do is…ignore it.  Mark it as spam, sure.  DO NOT UNSUBSCRIBE. That just confirms an e-mail address.  Almost certainly, were I to visit the site (and my account is about to deactivate! [as in “omg”]), I’d be gifted with a virus, trojan, or some other nasty thing.


December 17, 2008 at 2:15 pm Leave a comment

Interesting new hacking fraud

This one is in South Africa, and involves cyberfraud and the government.  I’ve actually been arguing for a while that the old dumb terminal/mainframe scheme makes sense in a lot of situations.  It would allow for mass filters.  Mind you, it would also allow extensive data-mining techniques…but that’s more a matter of visibility than actuality.  And more people would be in on it.

Anyway, what they did–“they” being a varied group of people, including those inside the government–was stick ‘a piece of kit’ (that’s a Britishism I remember as generic) about the size of a memory stick on PCs and then capture data.  Spyware and adware are mentioned, so there would presumably be some actual software invasion involved rather than the capture of data from a port. 

Oh–the take mentioned, in USD, is nearly $25 million.


June 12, 2008 at 8:47 am Leave a comment