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AWARD WINNING NOTICE

Yawn. I Win Another $2,500,000 USD

From:     Johan Hans (info@lotto.nl)
Sent:     Wed 2/04/09 8:29 AM
To:

AWARD WINNING NOTICE
Ref No.67324/113
Batch No.312/00643374
Ticket/Series No.NL6775489
Amount Won: $2,500,000.00 USD
Attn: Internet User,
This is to formally inform and congratulate you on the result of the
online cyber lotto which was conducted from an exclusive list of 1,000.000
email addresses of individual and corporate bodies selected by an advanced
automated random computer ballot system from the internet.
Your e-mail address emerged as a winner in the category “A” with the
following information enclosed.
You are therefore to receive a cash prize of $2,500,000.00. (Two Million
Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).
To file in for the processing of your prize winnings, you are advised to
contact our Certified and Accredited claims agent for category “A” winners
with the information below:
*************************************
MR.   Johan HANS
Phone: 0031-647-372-865
Fax:   0031 847-390-336.
EMAIL: johanhans04@aol.com
*************************************
You are advice to provide him with the following information and a copy of
your international passport or driver’s license via email attachment or by
fax for vetting process which is a standard practice just to ensure that
we are dealing with the right individual.
First name:
Last Name:
Telephone/Fax number:
Nationality:
Age:
Occupation:
Winning Email:
NOTE: Ensure to quote your Reference Numbers in all your communication
with your claims agent. All winnings must be claimed not later than seven
working days, thereafter unclaimed funds would be included in the next
stake.
Congratulations! Thank you for being a user of the World Wide Web.
Yours Faithfully,
Mary Van Dotcha
http://www.lotto.nl/

Lottery Coordinator.

[note: for those of you regular readers.. does this verbage look familiar? I wonder why they all look the same..? You can do a little quick math, and see that I am one lotto-winning son of a gun. I win 2 -3 of these a week! Hey, better to be lucky than good, eh?]

Today’s free link: Malware Tools for Newbie Cyber Criminals This article shows you a hacker’s “kit”, which will help you understand why these spam letters look the same, and why the Internet is in need of a major overhaul…

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February 5, 2009 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, e-mail, Internet scam, spam and junk mail | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Skype says I’m infected with malware…

Yesterday a “chat” window (Skype) opened on my machine, and presented me with a dire warning from someone named “Software Update”. It said that “WINDOWS REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION” and, it provided me with a solution.
SkypePhish
(Click on image to see large version)

Please, folks, tell me you have spotted this for what it is.

Please tell me that you knew –instantly– that this is a cybercrime attempt.. that it is Phraud-ulent.

Please tell me that you know what will happen if the link provided in this message is clicked; and, please, please, please tell me you would never click the link.

Just in case you aren’t sure…
* “Software Update” doesn’t exist.
* “www.onlinemonitor.info” is not registered in ARIN (the registry of Internet addresses)
* clicking the link will allow scripts to run and/or take you to a poisoned Website which will install malware on your machine.. or/and, it may take you to a site that will sell you a rogue antispyware program (please read my article, Is that antispyware program really spyware).. all of this so that the hacker can take control of your machine.
* Microsoft DOES NOT alert you via Instant Messaging. No legitimate company does.

This is a classic example of a hacker’s attempt to get you to click their link. Please point your less-savvy friends and family to this article and educate them to the dangers of spam (unsolicited) messages and tell them–
NEVER CLICK THE LINK.

[addenda: Peter Parkes (Skype Blogger) wrote and asked me to remind my readers to, quote, “Please report users who send these messages to abuse@skype.net – that will help us to block them where appropriate.”]

Today’s free link(s): I have assembled on my Website a collection of links to the best free anti-malware programs to help you prevent infection.. and clean up if you’ve been infected. To see them, click here. Also, Bill Mullins has posted a very complete tutorial, Think You Have A Virus?– Some Solutions, which is quite probably the best one-stop lesson on malware I have ever run across. (I also recommend his How Fake/Rogue Software Affects Real People.)

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May 28, 2008 Posted by | advice, anti-spyware, computers, Internet, Internet scam, PC, Phishing, phraud, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

The WorldWide Telescope: An amazing app

Yesterday I attended an event at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Research Center and learned  about the technologies of the future.

Well, sort of. What I saw was an overview of what Microsoft is doing in the area of R&D– research and development.
Microsoft is planning on sticking around for a while, and they understand that technology is innovation… not a stagnant build-it-once-sell-it-a-million-times type thing, like a paperclip.

This from their Website: “Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. Its goals are to enhance the user experience on computing devices, reduce the cost of writing and maintaining software, and invent novel computing technologies.”

It was an interesting and informative event, and I want to take a minute and thank those folks involved.

* The keynote technology displayed was a program that is available now, and it is pretty amazing — especially when one considers the amount of data that must be accessed — it’s a virtual picture of the universe. And the best part is, you can explore it.
Yes, you can fly to Mars… or Rigel.. or the crab nebula.. or the top of Mt. Rainier here on earth (Virtual Earth is one data source).

“A state-of-the-art combination of software and Web 2.0 services, WorldWide Telescope offers terabytes of high-resolution images, astronomical data, and guided tours that bring the universe to your fingertips.” (again, from Website.)

This isn’t just pictures folks, when you right-click on Mars (for example) and select Properties, you will be offered practically every known fact about Mars. This is an unparalleled learning tool!

The engine behind this is kind of hard to explain; maybe.. real-time, super-advanced PowerPoint? Infinite MSN Maps?
But I don’t have to try to explain it. You can see it for yourself, and I highly suggest you do. Simply stunning.

To read more about the project, click here.
To download it for yourself, click here.

 I found this clip which was a “sneak peak” presented by Roy Gould and Microsoft’s Curtis Wong. It will give you some idea…

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May 23, 2008 Posted by | computers, Internet, PC, software, tech, Web 2.0 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments