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Luce NDs

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Hmmm. A ransomware worm that only targets call centres. The thought intrigues. And I have a computer science major in the family...:D:cool:



Haven't seen that but I read quite a bit about it in the IT press when it happened. Idiots. How could you not realize something like that could boomerang on your own networks?

Even this new one and WannaCry are based on code stolen from the NSA. Talk about being shot with your own gun.:rolleyes:
And authority believes the little people shouldn't know?

Whos is numerous enough to carry sufficient knowledge for success? If the authorities could only get it together ... basically small stuff ...
Are viruses small things? Tis all in the detailing ...
 

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This one is just plain cruel. The article does have some good advice: don't rely on the phone number in call display to authenticate the caller. It can be "spoofed" (forged).

Phone scammers spoofing numbers to fool people into thinking their loved ones are at risk | Globalnews.ca
Wholly s**te
I think this happened 2 a friend of mine
He actually got involved with the talking
Until his spidey sense started tinglin
And then he started askin questions...
The guy stayed in character the whole time apparently and even had backup actors...
Wow. What a mind blow job.

I just got a call today from someone claiming to b from CRA. Checked the # out online and the first hit was a whole slew of complaints of the exact same thing.
 

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revsdd said:
Don't tell me Mendalla's been pulling that one again. I know I disappointed him when I told him about my sweatpants and t-shirt.
Start with the hat.

The call will end quicker and guarantee that you are removed from the call-back list.

Unless somebody comes up with some Punch Imlach scam deliberately targetting hapless Leaf fans.
 

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It's possble that my laptop has Ben hacked.

For quite some time Now, the screen has Ben freezing up.

Now, the antivirus has stoppd working. And today I was unable to connct to the internet.

I start a new online course this coming Monday. I have high hopes that things will be okay by then.
 

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So weird - we watched CTV news tonight at suppertime - no mention of the bank thing.
 

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I first heard about it through IT news sources, but have seen it in the Globe and CBC.
 

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this is the nub of the issue methinks, quoted from the CBC article:
"Banks are caught in a tough spot on this issue, Holden said, because they are pulled between two competing forces: they want to make it easier to use technology to bank with them..."

Easier to use technology...

There is a term used to denote how easy an app or such is to use. Its called friction.

The ideal app is a frictionless app. One that operates without much concern or input.

Whatever leads to less friction is good. Even if that includes not hiring human beings (because we r so friction laden and slow and such...we have feelings and loyalty and trust...and families...)

So an app can b designed...and then sold to some huge company...

And a lot of times there is no real concern for the user. Just make as much money as possible.

It explains why my branch, my home branch where I started banking, has gone all "apple store". Because they want to lessen friction.

etc:
"I'm Going to Show You a World Without Sin."

Douglas Rushkoff's Throwing Stones at the Google Bus
 

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haha, one of my peers sent a note to their bank re the vulnerabilities and were brushed off....a while back.
it is a point of humour with our team
 

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I have been getting emails with names that are similar to people on my email list. Have I been hacked or have they? What can I do about it?
 

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This happens to me too from time to time - sometimes even the name is accurate, but when I hover the cursor over the name it clearly gives a different e-mail - so spam. I just block & delete. Will be interested to hear from our resident 'experts'.
 

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I have been getting emails with names that are similar to people on my email list. Have I been hacked or have they? What can I do about it?
Could be someone else who knows you and those other contacts being hacked. Malware often inserts fake addresses in the From: field based on the contact list of the infected computer rather than using that computer's address. Helps obfuscate the source of the spam. Usually if it's you that's hacked, it doesn't send to you, just uses your contacts to send to others.

That said, it wouldn't hurt to make sure your A-V is up to date and run a scan. If someone in your household or circle of friends is technically adept, maybe a run with Malwarebytes or similar as well (software that specifically focusses on finding things like Trojan horses, keyloggers, and other non-viral malware).
 

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Thanks Mendella,
I mostly use my IPAD, no AV on that. Or, can I get one for IPAD?
Have malwarebyte on my computer, but rarely turn on my computer.
 

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Thanks Mendella,
I mostly use my IPAD, no AV on that. Or, can I get one for IPAD?
Have malwarebyte on my computer, but rarely turn on my computer.
Not sure about AV for iPad. Most of the usual suspects (Avast, Avg, etc.) are out for Android. Apple devices tend to be fairly virus resistant, even the computers.
 
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