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Hackers Win Round Against Sony: The Interview Pulled from Theaters

Hackers have won a round against Sony Pictures Entertainment this week after a devastating cyber attact. Sony pulled “The Interview” from theaters nation wide after the hackers spread fear throughout the entertainment industry. “The Interview” was to be released in theaters on Christmas Day. Sony said they would no longer hold screenings of the film in any of their theaters.

U.S. intelligence has linked the cyber attack on Sony to the North Korean government. The film portrays the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It is believed that the hackers from North Korea were given the order to hack Sony’s computer system targetting sensitive data including emails, financial records and salaries of Sony’s top stars.

It is unclear whether “The Interview” will be released soon. The hackers made threats against Sony by promising movie goers with a “bitter fate” should they head to theaters to screen the film. The hackers threated a 9/11-like attack on all movie theaters that screen the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy.

The warning reads:

“We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.

  • Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.
  • The world will be full of fear.
  • Remember the 11th of September 2001.
  • We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.
  • (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)
  • Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
  • All the world will denounce the SONY.”

In addition to the terroristic threat, the hackers released the content of files called “Michael Lynton” (CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment) which included embarrassing emails and sensitive personal data. The tactics used by the hackers worked to caused the nations three largest movie chains to cancel showings of “The Interview” with an unknown release date.

Sony has no current plans to release the film either to theaters or direct to video.

“Anonymous” targets Stratfor: Credit card data information breach

Over the holiday weekend, it wasn’t only the elves that were busy or naughty little children that were disappointed.  The hacker collective known as “Anonymous” was busy in his and/or her workshop too creating a data breach targeting Stratfor, an international security think tank.
Who is Stratfor?
Stratfor, based in Austin, Texas “provides political, economic and military analysis to help clients reduce risk” according to their own promotions. 
Who is Anonymous?
Well, who knows really but Anonymous is a group of hackers who’ve hacked off several companies in the past year and then tweeted taunts from their own twitter account.  Anonymous is known for their signature stamp of a circle that reads “Anonymous is legion.  We do not forget.  We do not forgive.”  On the outside there is a circular chain and on the inside a headless business suit.  Hmmm… It kind of looks like a regrettable tattoo.
What the hackers did:
1. Anonymous reportedly ransacked Stratfor’s computers, stealing thousands of credit card number and other personal information.
2. To date, Anonymous has published two lists of credit card details to the Internet with of total of about 17,000 credit card listings.
3. There have also been large donations made from the credit cards to charities such as the Red Cross.
“These donations will never reach the ones in need,” writes Mikko Hypponen at F-Secure. “In fact, these actions will just end up hurting the charities, not helping them.  Credit card companies will do a chargeback to the charities, which will have to return the money. In some cases, charities could be hit with penalties. At the very least, they will lose time and money in handling chargebacks.”
What the hackers claimed to have done:
Anonymous also claims to have gleaned the company’s confidential client list containing sensitive information about high profile clients that just might include Apple, the U.S. Air Force and the Miami P.D. Continue reading “Anonymous” targets Stratfor: Credit card data information breach

Credit card bazaar: $3.50 for stolen credit cards sold online

Many of us go shopping for the best possible credit card, looking for interest rates trying to avoid fees and charges and hopefully finding some great rewards to benefit our family. Sometimes we contact our bank or stores in order to shop for those credit cards that we will really use. I guess it should come as no surprise that those wanting to use credit cards illegally also go shopping online to find their rock bottom, best possible credit card deal.

The Washington Post and Bloomberg reports that a European hacker online name “Poxxie” obtained over 1,400 credit card numbers with all their information including expiration codes, security codes, names and address of the credit card holders and then sold them on his online store CVVs.in. Ironically, he claims that his sales are so popular because he is honest and that underworld buyers have come to trust the “quality of his goods.”  Unfortunately his site registered in India, making it even that much more difficult to catch cyber thieves in “the act.”

Just like any other online site from Amazon to eBay shoppers can sort and shop online, sorting and finding the “goods” they want by bank card, type, credit limit and even zip code. (My question is how do they pay for it, I wouldn’t trust an online credit card transaction, these are thieves and fraudsters after all.)

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Slow down! That’s not a real traffic ticket it’s a scam

With the use of cameras at lights it is not unheard of to get a traffic ticket in the mail.  I admit, I recently received one, including a really bad photo) as I went through a light, lost and looking for signs.  My first in over 15 years, but that’s beside the point. However, there’s a new scam in town coming to your straight from your email.  This email message claims to be a traffic ticket from New York and it directs you to “click” the link to open your ticket, see your charges and find out how to pay the fine.   At first glance it looks “legit.”  It even has a return address @nyc.gov.

There are a great many people who would fear that somehow they got notice of a traffic ticket, whether they have driven in New York or not.  Maybe they sent it to you because of a data entry mistake on the driver’s license input.  What if they suspend your license? But before you panic stop and think about these things.

Have you driven in New York?

How on earth did they track your email address by your driver’s license?


Could this possibly be a scam?

The answer to the third question is yes, it is a scam.  But not the type you might think.  Instead of a “spam” scam which most likely would be trying to harvest your credit card number for credit card fraud it’s actually a Trojan, a hidden virus that will gather information from your computer and drop more malicious content. This virus is  identified as “Troj/Invo-Zip and it is described as one ” that could allow attackers access to your Windows system and give them the ability to drop more malicious files on it.

Internet security firm Sophos received many messages today on their Facebook page about the email scam/virus from all over the world.  I think it’s safe to say anyone that received it in Thailand is just going to ignore it.

How can you be safe from viruses and email scams?  Remember just because a link is there doesn’t mean you have to “click” it especially when it is a fake ticket.   Keep your antivirus programs updated and but the brakes on email scams by simply not opening them.


Beware of Moammar Gaddafi Links and Photos

You have heard of the saying, “There’s an app for that!”  The same could be said for many malware programs and viruses.  With the announcement of the death of Maommar Gaddafi and his family being featured prominently in the news there have been reports of links and photos containing dangerous computer viruses and malware coding.

Mashable explains, that these notices of news and photos are “easy vehicles for malicious links.”  Mashable states,

“When news like Gaddafi’s death breaks, however, there is no history for them to rely on and malicious links masquerading as news can more easily rank high in search results. Another reason is that people often seek such images from unfamiliar sources. Websites or Twitter messages promise to link to a breaking topic and then lead instead to another site or virus. The Gaddafi photo is a prime candidate for this type of malicious links, so it’s wise to use caution when clicking,” it said.

The Twitterverse exploded with messages of photos taken of a shot, wounded or hidden Gaddafi.  Other posts across the web talked about his funeral arrangements,  his children and their future.  There have been reports of cell phone photos taken of the confrontation between two political forces in Libya.

PC World reports that “The massive attack that has infected PCs by tricking users into clicking links in fake messages from CNN.com shows little sign of ending soon.”  (reported on Friday, Oct. 21,2 011)  This version of malware was hidden in the links to “CNN.com Top Ten Lists” and “CNN Alerts: My Custom Alert”, which supposedly featured news and reports of Gaddafi’s demise but directed users that they had to download and install a software program to view.  The hackers disguised it as a legitimate CNN site and the malware was contained in what over 11 million searchers thought was an update to Flash Player.   After trying the download, users were caught in a hopeless loop requiring them to try to shut down their computer to stop the download before it could complete or download it and try to effect repairs to their system afterwards.

Where are you most likely to find accurate information on this story as it unfolds?  Prominent news sites and channels like MSNBC, Fox News, the Associated Press or New York Times just to name a few.  CNN warns, “Much caution should be used with these reports because false information has come out previously.”

The death of Osama bin Laden caused the same sort of interest from hackers, as interested readers flocked to their computers desperate for word or photo of the demise of one of the most wanted people on the planet.

What advice can we give to help you avoid malware?  If you receive a link, especially one from a friend or family member or an unusual source in your email don’t open it.  Look to legitimate news sources for information and photos.  Link love is not always so “loving”  and is best left avoided.


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Do you know how I can download StopZilla or get a code or key for StopZilla for using the program for free?
– Mahud

Hi Mahud,

Yes, we do know where you can get a free registration key for StopZilla.

Why we won’t send you to that site:

  1. The site wanting to give us the key code also tried to install bad (REALLY BAD) spyware on the computer we were using
  2. The site was serving up porn ads (and we won’t link to a site serving porn ads – we don’t have problems with porn, but we do have problems with what some people allow it to do to their minds and their lives)
  3. The site ran multiple pop-ups and made the download incredibly difficult to get to.
  4. For $10, you can go to the REAL site, and download StopZilla’s actual, real licensed key code.

It’s not free, but $10 to have a real key that you can actually use (say, for example, when you need to call and get support from StopZilla) is a good thing.

If you decide to go the free route, be prepared to have junk installed on your computer that you don’t want.

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Stop Zilla Review: $30 Rebate Code and StopZilla’s free registration key?

StopZilla markets itself as Antispyware made easy.

There are lots of places online you can go to get free registration codes and keys for StopZilla, but it may be a bit of a case of buyer beware (even if you’re just getting StopZilla for free.).

Not all that glitters is truly gold, and many of these sites where you would get the code will install scamware with the key.  Read on to see more of our review about StopZilla itself.

Note: if you’re not looking to read a review of StopZilla and just want free trial download or code for a discount, clicking the link below will take you to a place where you can get StopZilla for $9.95 (after $30 rebate.)
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Webroot Antivirus With Antispyware

Webroot is a company that has been building antivirus and antispyware products for some time now.  They work to help fight viruses and spyware on your computer by giving you many tools for not only dealing with viruses and spyware, but also for maintaining your computer system’s health in general.

One example is Webroot’s tool called Security Complete.

One feature of Security Complete operates when when you’re doing a web search (Google, Yahoo, Bing – not sure if all web searches and sites are included or just the big 3), a security rating is automatically displayed next to each web site.  This security feature can really help to prevent you from visiting a malicious web site where viruses or spyware could be installed on your computer.

To prevent incoming mail from having spyware or viruses in them, advanced spam-scanning engines work to filter and remove problems from your incoming email.  This stops significant virus and spyware threats that can come through spam.  It always concerns us, and consumers in general, when a program filters your mail, but Webroot offers assurances that you will receive the messages you want, while everything else is automatically rooted out and then cleared for you.

The biggest thing that we don’t like about Webroot Antivirus with Antispyware is that it seems to slow down already slow computers.  It’s often hard for an end-user to know what’s actually slowing down their computer, but this has generally been people’s biggest complaint about Webroot software in general, and Webroot Antivirus.

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Cheap User-Friendly Software Enables Credit Card and Identity Theft

This isn’t the first malware to be developed that can steal your identity and your credit card information and it won’t be the last. . . but right now it is one of the ones that your protection software may not be able to stop or even detect. And anyone can buy it.

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Personal Antivirus a Scary Scam and Software

Have you seen “Personal Antivirus” software on your computer? This is definitely not an antivirus program you want to use. What is it and where does it come from? It’s actually a rogue software that uses fear to scam you and then continues to cause you problems for a long time to come. Find out about this antivirus program that does nothing to protect your computer and a whole lot to harm it.

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