I received this funny email today from my Dad:
- Open a new file in your computer.
- Name it ‘Barack Obama’.
- Send it to the Recycle Bin.
- Empty the Recycle Bin.
- Your PC will ask you: ‘Do you really want to get rid of ‘Barack Obama?’
- Firmly Click ‘Yes.’
- Feel better?
GOOD! – Tomorrow we’ll do Nancy Pelosi!
FYI, This only works if your recycle bin is already empty.
Wired News: Cloaking Device Made for Spammers
According to Tubul, his group controls 450,000 “Trojaned” systems, most of them home computers running Windows with high-speed connections. The hacked systems contain special software developed by the Polish group that routes traffic between Internet users and customers’ websites through thousands of the hijacked computers. The numerous intermediary systems confound tools such as traceroute, effectively laundering the true location of the website. To utilize the service, customers simply configure their sites to use any of several domain-name system servers controlled by the Polish group, Tubul said.
Oh, there’s some good news. Thanks Microsoft for your secure OS.
Spyware can herd users to porn and gambling Web pages, track where users go on the Internet, trigger a deluge of pop-up ads and slow PC performance.
Wake up people! Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, et. al. have so many security problems, this kind of crap will never go away. Stop using Microsoft products. Not to say that other software products don’t have their problems, because they do. But I can almost guarantee that if you switch away from Microsoft products you will be 95% free spyware.
Too help you see how bad spyware is on your PC, ecrosstexas will soon feature Doxdesk’s Parasite script. The idea comes from the great Mark Pilgrim of course!
Microsoft has warned of three flaws affecting its software, the most serious of which would allow an attacker to gain full control of a PC using Java applets.
That’s now 12 security alerts this year already. The flawed Microsoft Virtual Machine leaves open the ability to format your hard drive! Windows 95, Windows 98 and 98SE, Windows ME, Windows NT 4.0, beginning with Service Pack 1, Windows 2000 and Windows XP are all affected.
Instructions to update your system are available from Microsoft. It’s just a good thing they are fixing this prior to January 2, 2004, at which time they would not be able to do so.