Another how to keep yourself safe on the internet post :-P

With the latest phishing scam going around, in South Africa at least, I have written up this post to get my opinion on keeping yourself safe from the scammer. The title of the phishing mail that prompted this is “CNN.com Daily Top 10” from “Daily Top 10”. It caught me at first until I relised this was received on the wrong account as I have a sub to a similar service. All the links in the mail go to a fake CNN site that says you need to download their video player, this video player contains a key logger than will send all keystrokes you make to another party that will probably use it for their own gain. I must say that every time I have tried the site linked it appeared to have been taken down.

There are a few important rules to using the internet, and they apply to many other forms of communication: There are a few important rules to using the internet:

  1. If it seems too good to be true, then it is most likely is!
  2. If you receive email asking for personal or financial information, delete it! They already have your information, and if they really need your information they will probably do it through more personal contact.
  3. Never give out your personal information to anyone, they can and possibly will use it to impersonate you. Continue reading “Another how to keep yourself safe on the internet post :-P”

Virus that could threaten both Win32 and Linux

Excerpt from MyADSL
Hackers have released a sample code for a virus that could infect both Linux and Windows PCs.
The virus, which was given the double name Virus.Linux.Bi.a/ Virus.Win32.Bi.a, was reported last week by security firm Kaspersky Lab.

Security researchers worry that the malicious code may be part of a disturbing new trend of viruses that can run on Windows, as well as other operating systems that have been largely ignored by hackers.

“The virus is written in assembler and is relatively simple,” Kaspersky says in a posting to the company’s Viruslist.com Web site.

Hmm, I wonder if this means that a Mac could also be infected. Guess so since it is a Unix core…

The scariest part is that Kaspersky says that it “is relatively simple” which means here come the script kiddies…

Looks like it is time to start worrying about your computers protection all over again