Beware of Computer Scams
Starpoint Communications, Inc has now been contacted by several of our clients who have recently received calls regarding computer viruses.
The caller claims to work for a computer company and expresses concerns about a rampant computer virus spreading into your area. To make their story more convincing they will "verify" your residential or business address.
More I.E. Problems
(Reuters) - The German government urged the public on Tuesday to temporarily stop using Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer following discovery of a yet-to-be repaired bug in the Web browser that the software maker said makes PCs vulnerable hacker attacks.
It issued the warning as a researcher said he found evidence that suggests the hackers who exploited the flaw were seeking to attack defense contractors.
Microsoft (MSFT.O) said on Monday that attackers can exploit the bug in its Internet Explorer, used on hundreds of millions of computers, to infect the PC of somebody who visits a malicious website and then take control of the victim's computer.
The German government's Federal Office for Information Security, or BSI, said it was aware of targeted attacks and that all that was needed was to lure Web surfers to a website where hackers had planted malicious software that exploited the bug.
"A fast spreading of the code has to be feared," the German government said in its statement.
BSI advised all users of Internet Explorer to use an alternative browser until the manufacturer has released a security update.
Is your New Computer Safe?
While recently investigating counterfeit versions of the Windows operating system, Microsoft uncovered a security threat involving pre-loaded malware. The counterfeit operating systems and malware were found on brand-new computers manufactured and sold in China.
The discovery further lead to a server hosting 500 different pieces of malware including Nitol. Some of the malicious code found are capable of keystroke logging, denial-of-service attacks, rootkits, backdoors and more.
Nitol is a program that creates a "bot" on a user's computer which connects to a network center or a "botnet." There, hackers can subvert the infected computer to do their biding by issuing commands remotely. Nitol is capable of launching DDoS attacks against targets, or opening backdoors for additional malware infections or activity monitoring by turning on a microphone or video camera on a computer.
Freedom Wins - SOPA/PIPA Update
From the Associated Press:Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced today that he is postponing Tuesday's procedural vote on the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Meanwhile, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith said his committee is postponing consideration of PIPA's House companion, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), "until there is wider agreement on a solution."
Yesterday the US Cybersecurity Act of 2012 — a bill that would have given the government more access to monitor our private communications and data — met defeat.
As of now, SOPA, HR 1981, and the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 have all been voted down.
Certainly more bills will foisted on the Internet community in the future. We'll keep you posted!
SOPA and PIPA
Most internet users have heard of this proposed legislation by now. Many websites such as Wiki are protesting this legislation today by blacking out their website or otherwise letting their users know about it.
Americans should not have to tolerate this type of censorship. I encourage you to take action and to encourage others to do the same. The entertainment industry and others concerned about online piracy should use their own legal and technical resources to resolve the matter.
Online piracy is only one of many problems caused by the internet. The entertainment industry argues that it looses $30-$40 Billion to online piracy. Various groups argue that the loses are exaggerated and estimates the loses to be around $445 Million. Regardless of which figure you agree with, studies have shown that Unsolicited Bulk E-mail (SPAM) costs internet providers and employers $70 Billion annually. Other issues such as identity theft and security should be paramount ahead of the entertainment industry's profit.
If you are unaware of what SOPA and PIPA are, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the controversy. More information can be found in the links below.Wikipedia, Google and others have provided convenient tools to locate quickly contact our representatives. Please take a moment of your time to let them know that our Freedom is important and SOPA and PIPA should not be passed.
CEO, Starpoint Communications, Inc.