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Scamware - Beware

Discussion in 'The OT' started by wilbur_the_goose, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. Oct 2, 2012 #1 of 10
    wilbur_the_goose

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    http://www.eset.com/fileadmin/Images/US/Docs/conference_papers/Harley-etal-VB2012.pdf

    Great article on "scamware". Best way to protect yourself is to arm yourself, friends, and family with knowledge.

    These idiots called me at work. I'm a CISSP, and we had a great time with them on the phone for about 30 minutes until they just gave up.
     
  2. Oct 2, 2012 #2 of 10
    veryoldschool

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    I've had a few of these calls and just last week had another.

    Since my phone number has no connection to my computer or ISP, their BS has never passed a "reality check" here.
     
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    dpeters11

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    Yikes. I've gotten spam with this kind of thing, but never an actual call.

    It'd never work on me, and I recently made sure I was not vulnerable to a "Mat Honan attack", but not sure about my parents...

    I'd hope they'd hang up and call me.
     
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    wilbur_the_goose

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    FYI - The idiots called me from 818-818-0005. They were obviously in India (or a nearby country).
     
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    One of our users got this call at the office last night. Fortunately he realized it was a scam without downloading anything. It took some doing to even convince some in my department that the windows license code was smoke and mirrors. Fortunately, he knew exactly what he ran. Of course it was assoc.exe.
     
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    Ahhh remember the ole toner scams??
     
  8. Nov 1, 2012 #8 of 10
    dmspen

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    One of my friend's fathers fell into this not too long ago. I'm their 'go to' PC guy and their Dad's PC was all honked up. Turns out the caller siad they were from Microsoft and had detected some viruses on their PC and wanted to fix it. The poor old Dad downloaded LogMeIN and let 'Microsoft' in to their computer.

    That was the end of their PC. Fortunately no critical data was lost. Immediately after realizing he had been taken, the Dad was smart enought to call his online stock trading company and inform them. Nothing was taken or lost.
     
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    I think it can be quite convincing. To the normal user, how would someone know that zfsendtotarget is 888dca60-fc0a-11cf-8f0f-00c04fd7d062? They must know something about the system.

    It still amazes me though.
     
  10. Rich

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    I've got a phone block app on my Droid X and I have not received any calls other than people I know and that wretched Rachael. No political calls, this is a big election in our town and I'm usually deluged with political calls. I've never had a call from a software company, but I'd treat it as I do the emails. Delete. The app is called Advanced Call Blocker and it really works well.

    I owe you a PM, will do so next week.

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