IT-kriminelle tager dine filer og fotos som gidsler

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En usædvanlig kraftig advarsel fra det britiske National Crime Agency fortæller om en meget ubehagelig scam, som angiveligt breder sig som en løbeild på britiske computere. Man modtager en mail, angiveligt fra sin bank, og downloader man den vedhæftede fil, installerer man noget malware på computeren, der låser adgangen til alle filer og fotos, mv. Der kommer et ur op på skærmen, som tæller ned, og man har så et antal timer til at betale en løsesum, typisk 100-300£, hvorefter filerne så bliver låst op igen.

Så vidt jeg kan se på danske IT-hjemmesider, har denne trussel ikke nået danske kyster endnu, men det ville da være mærkeligt, hvis vi ikke snart ser den – især hvis de kriminelle har held med deres forehavende i England. Så pas godt på med mails fra din bank – husk at de aldrig sender vedhæftede filer og aldrig beder om dine personlige oplysninger i mails og på den “udvendige side” af NemID – som vi altså i denne sammenhæng må sætte pris på.

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En anden scam, der forsøger at lokke penge ud af dig, er målrettet brugere af PayPal. Den hedder noget med “confirmation required” i overskriften, men det er altså fup. Den er ikke helt så farlig som den nævnt ovenfor, for der skal flere klik til, før malwaren havner på computeren. Klikker man linket i mailen, der altså ikke er fra PayPal, kommer man til en side, der IKKE er PayPals, og dér skal man så yderligere klikke på links, før malwaren downloades til computeren. Denne scam kan genkendes ved, at hvis man kigger nærmere på afsenderen, så står der PayPall, og ikke PayPal.

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All about being organised & turning the lights out

New glasses this morning. Ah, revelation! My 15″ Mac-baby now looks like it’s 17″. Nice.

Have been constructing a Netvibes site for a paper I’m doing for uni and inspired by that I’ve completely revamped my personal Netvibes (RSS feed organiser and more). So I haven’t read so much today, just organised all my feeds to ease future reading. Therefore, it’ll be short and sweet today. Also, dinner needs to be ready before 8:30 when lights go out in honour of the Earth Hour. We’ll light some extra candles and turn off all electricity (except the heating). Maybe a candlelit game of Monopoly? Young son loves Monopoly.

Tech:

Our bank – and many other banks – has a very annoying system of what they of course refer to as EXTRA SECURITY. Now a security expert shows how it’s practically made for phishing. When you have to go through a really annoying extra procedure to access your web banking service, it’s downright infuriating to be told that the thing makes fraud easier, not harder!

Decision making. Doesn’t it just drive you crazy sometimes? One of the co-founders of Flickr is launching a new web service called Hunch to help us decide. I’ve signed up already, just can’t wait! It’s sort of built on some of the ideas that my favourite happiness guru also promotes, that we don’t always know what’s going to make us happy, but with a detour around other things that’s made us happy in the past (but which we’ve forgotten) will help.

Laura is this cool geeky girl with curly red hair who’s out looking for a “really cool laptop”. In this ad for Microsoft she discovers that Macs are more expensive than PCs! Oh wauw, I’m sure there are lots of people out there who thought differently!

Education:

Get a free one without leaving your home. Lifehacker has it.

Science:

Yes, viruses do jump from animals to humans – and back.

OK – not long till lights out now. Computer must also be shut down, obviously. Don’t read this between 8:30 – 9:30 pm your time! (Can one Twitter during the Earth Hour?)

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