Virus in Digital Photo Frames
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Digital photo frames are becoming more popular and make excellent gifts. The frames allow users to transfer digital images from their computers and display them either individually or as dynamic slide shows. Many have other functions as well, including calendars, clocks and video playback.
Recently however, it was discovered that a number of Insignia brand digital frames sold by Best Buy were infected by a computer virus. This presented the possibility that the user's computer could become infected by the virus when the device was plugged into a computer to transfer photos. It seems that some frames somehow became infected with the virus during the manufacturing process.
Insignia recalled the infected frames as soon as it became aware of the problem and has issued a statement about the incident on its website.
Luckily, the virus is an old one and virtually any reliable and up-to-date anti-virus program should be able to deal with it before it causes problems on the user's computer.
So, although it may have affected some users, this cannot be considered a serious problem and is an isolated incident. What it does illustrate, however, is that, when it comes to computer security, we must remain constantly vigilant. Security threats can sometimes originate from the most unlikely of sources.
posted by Brett Christensen @ 4:17 PM, ,
Valentine Malware Emails
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Criminals are now using love-themed Valentine's Day email's to trick recipients into installing a trojan. The emails contain a short message and link like the one included below:
Subject: Sending You My Love
Hugging My Pillow http://72 .[removed]
The emails have a number of subject lines, including the following:
- Magic Power Of Love
- A Toast My Love
- You're In My Thoughts
- Sent with Love
- Our Love Will Last
- Our Love is Strong
- Your Love Has Opened
- You're the One
- Special Romance
The short message in front of the link also varies.
Clicking the link opens a web page which prompts the user to download what is supposedly a Valentine's Day Greeting Card. However, the download actually installs a variant of the Storm worm.
Be wary of any email message that supposedly leads to an online greeting card. The tactic has been used continually for months and has previously targeted different holidays such as 4th July, Christmas and New Year.
A screen shot of the malware website:
posted by Brett Christensen @ 8:10 AM, ,
USS New York Launches
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Since mid 2006, a message has been circulating that claims that steel left from the World Trade Center is being used in the construction of new navy assault ship, USS New York. The information in the message is true.
And, according to recent news about the vessel, USS New York has now been launched. The following report from the USS New York website gives details about the launch:
USS New York Update 1/1/2008 HERE SHE COMES !
The future USS NEW YORK LPD-21, (USSNY) the fifth ship of the San Antonio-class of amphibious ships was launched (get wet) on December 19th at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems facility (www.ngc.com) in Avondale, LA. As the USSNY nears 75% completion, final plans are coming together for the Chris-Comm Events. The Christening will be held on the 1st of March. It is a invitation only event, you must contact (www.ss.northropgrumman.com) for invitations if you would like to attend. The ships sponsor, Mrs. Gordon England, wife of Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, (www.defenselink.mil) will break the ceremonial bottle of champagne across her bow and “Christen Thee New York”. Following that the ship will continue through sea trials and final fitting out until the Commissioning in New York City (www.nycvisit.com), Fall 2009. Preparations are underway for these events, which are expected to span an entire week. The Commissioning Committee (www.ussnewyorkcommissioning.com) web site coming in March 2008) comprised of volunteers from a broad spectrum, has the awesome responsibility of raising 1.5 M for these events as well as other USSNY projects. The commissioning is expected to be the memorial event of the century and draw many top political and public figures as well as huge crowds. The USS New York’s importance to this City, State and Nation cannot be underestimated. There is no other ship in world history that will carry the import and prestige that this vessel carries. She will become America’s greatest naval ambassador and will carry our flag to the 4 corners of the world throughout the 21st century.
Many milestones will occur this year like main engine light-offs, powering up on her own diesel generators and completing and testing of the various ships systems. Each system creates its own vibration in the hull that makes the ship feel as if it has come to life. Many sailors will awake when that vibration stops for any reason. It’s as if she was singing you to sleep.
As she awakens… A nation awaits
For more info or to keep up on the USSNY’s news blog
posted by Brett Christensen @ 12:38 PM, ,
This bloke is really out to impress me! Rather than just naming a single entity as the one supposedly handing over the millions, he throws several high-profile names into the pot. According to his message (see below), I've been awarded the princely sum of $20 million from – wait for it – the United States Government, the World Bank, the United Nations, and – last but not least – the British Prime Minister. Moreover, the message has been sent by no less than a British Knight in the person of one "Sir Benson Gilbert".
With such powerful entities backing the payment, it must be true right? After all, would a "Sir" lie? But, hold on, why would Sir Benson, being an agent of such a mega-group, use a free Yahoo webmail account for his messages? And why would Citibank use a free Gmail account? Come to think of it, why am I being given 20 million dollars anyway? The message is not too clear on that, for some reason. And Sir B's grammar and spelling seem a little off as well. Does he really want me to "bellow" my details? I'm not sure he'll hear me! Couldn't I just email them? Also, he mentions something about a "wining payment". I wonder if he'd mind if I swapped it for beer instead of wine.
Jokes aside, it hardly needs to be said that this is just one more in the seemingly endless parade of Advance Fee scam emails that darken inboxes the world over. Scams this transparent might seem amusing until you realize that they actually work. New victims fall for scams just like this one every day.
Victims of such scams will be asked to send money, ostensibly to allow the release of the non-existent funds. If they "bellow" enough sensitive personal information, they may also have their identities stolen.
Sir Benson's Message:
Subject: PAYMENT NOTIFICATION FOR 2008
CHAIRMAN COMMITTE ON FOREIGN
CONTRACT/AWARD WINING PAYMENT
UNITED NATION AND USA GOVERNMENT.
SIR BENSON GILBERT.
ATTEN: OWNER BENEFICIALRY
U.S.A GOVERNMENT, WORLD BANK, UNITED NATION ORGANIZATION OFFICIAL APPROVAL PAYMENT VALUED $20M
The British Prime Minister in conjunction with U.S.A GOVERNMENT, WORLD BANK, UNITED NATIONORGANIZATION do hereby give this irrevocable approval order with Release Code: GNC/3480/02/00 in your favor for your contract entitlement/award winning payment with the UNITED NATION to your nominated bank account.
Now you're new Payment, United nation Approval No; UN5685P, White House Approved No: WH44CV, Reference No.-35460021, Allocation No: 674632 Password No: 339331, Pin Code No: 55674 and your Certificate of Merit Payment No: 103, Released Code No: 0763; Immediate Citibank Telex confirmation No: -1114433; Secret Code No: XXTN013, Having received these vital payment number, therefore You are qualified now to received and confirm Your payment with the United Nation immediately within the next 72hrs.
As a matter of fact, you are required to Deal and Communicate only with MR ANDREW WOLLEY, DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL REMMITTANCE CITIBANK OF UNITED KINGDOM, with the help and monitory team from the CITIBANK OF NEW YORK which is our official remitting bank, Committee On Foreign Payment Matters in United Nation, has look up to make sure you receive your money.
SO contact: MR ANDREW WOLLEY on his contact information, Direct Citibank Telephone No +44-700-5966547, Cell/mobile +44-7045772110 or cell/mobile +44-7045772110 Fax Number: +44 870 4861663, Telephone Number: +44-870 4861646, Email:email@example.com
For immediate release of your contract/inheritance/Award Winning claim be informed that you are not allowed to correspond with any person or office anymore, you are required to send bellow information for your transfer.
1) YOUR FULL NAME:
2) ADDRESS, CITY, STATE AND COUNTRY:
3) PERSONAL PHONE, FAX AND MOBILE:
4) COMPANY NAME (IF ANY) POSITION AND ADDRESS:
5) BANK NAME:
6) BANK ADDRESS:
7) ACCOUNT NUMBER:
8) ROUTING NUMBER OR SWIFT CODE NO:
9) PROFESSION, AGE AND MARITAL STATUS:
10) COPY OF YOUR INT'L PASSPORT/DRIVERS LICENSE:
NOTE: YOUR PERSONAL CONTACT/COMMUNICATIONCODE WITH CITIBANK IS (511), YOU ARE ADVICE TO SEND YOU FULL BANKING INFORMATION TO THE CITIBANK OF LONDON INTERNATIONAL REMMITTANCE DIRECTOR HEADED BY MR ANDREW WOLLEY AND MAKE SURE YOU SPEAK WITH HIM, WITH YOUR NEW
PAYMENT CODE FOR RELEASE OF YOUR PAYMENT AND SEND HIM ALL YOUR BANKING INFORMATION NOW. Regard. Senate CONTACT CODE (511) OFFICER: MR ANDREW WOLLEY.
POSITION: DIRECTOR, INTL, AND REMMITTANCE CITIBANK LONDON.
TELEPHONE OFFICE/BANK: 44-700-595644,
FAX NUMBER: +44 870 4861663, +44-870 4861646
CELL/MOBLIE, +44-7045772110or cell/mobile +44-7045772110.
CHAIRMAN COMMITTE ON FOREIGN CONTRACT/AWARD WINING PAYMENT
UNITED NATION AND USA GOVERNMENT.
SIR BENSON GILBERT
posted by Brett Christensen @ 12:36 PM, ,