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Potential ‘big bad### botnet’ spreading fast*

The ‘Downadup’ worm is spreading quickly and now infects more than 3.5 million PCs, according to the security company F-Secure.

In a blog post on Wednesday, F-Secure put the total number of infected machines at an estimated 3,521,230 — a rise of more than a million machines over the previous day’s tally…

Wow. A million new infections in one day..

Folks, to read the rest of this article (clipped from ZDNet) by David Meyer and Tom Espiner, click here.

[update 1/19/09: over 8 million now. Here’s the latest (and how that number is arrived at), Calculating the Size of the Downadup Outbreak]

January 16, 2009 Posted by | computers, cyber crime, News | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments


Once Again– I’m A Millionaire! In the span of 48 hours, I have won $3,825,900…


Mrs.Dayzers Loterij (¹)

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Sent: Thu 1/15/09 8:44 PM

Ref No.17/324/113
Batch No.448/1803734
Ticket/Series No.RJ975489
Amount Won: $2,500,000.00 USD

Attn: Lucky Winner,

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You are therefore to receive a cash prize of $2,500,000.00. (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) .

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Name: Mr.Hugh Gareth
Fax: +31-847-393-086

You are advice to provide him with the following information:

Telephone/Fax number:

NOTE: Ensure to quote your Reference Numbers in all your communication with your claims agent.All winnings must be claimed not later than 14 days, thereafter unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence.

Sincerely Yours,
Mrs.Dayzers Loterij³
Lottery Coordinator.
Thank you and congratulations!!!

¹ is the domain “Hong Kong”.
² is the domain “China”
³ is the domain “Netherlands”

Today’s free link: The Animal Rescue Site has an agreement with charitably-minded advertisers, where they will donate money for food for sheltered animals.. for each click of the “click to give” button.

January 16, 2009 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, e-mail, Internet scam | , , , , | Leave a comment