Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year – Right or Wrong?

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TOKYO (MacHouse) – If you live in the U.S., Julian Assange is by and large portrayed as the enemy of the state. If you live anywhere else, editor in chief for whistleblower website WikiLeaks, may be regarded as symbol of freedom of press. Personally, I would join the latter group since I currently don’t live in the U.S. Nonetheless, I know as a fact that there’s nobody else who has made more news for CBS Evening News, which I watch every day on the Internet, in the past several weeks than did Mr. Assange.

Time Magazine Person of Year 2010
Screenshot 01 – Source: time.com

So who is your person of the year? Time Magazine has chosen Mark Zuckerberg as their Person of Year 2010, according to their website. I don’t agree or don’t agree personally. They can pick anyone they think is appropriate. All I can say is that I have never seen so many comments against one article anywhere else. A majority of people who posted a comment seem to choose Julian Assange as their Person of Year 2010.   Continue reading

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Security Warning: Return mail

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TOKYO (MacHouse) – If you have received an e-mail message with the following subject line, you might be convinced to unpack the attached zip file. Simply, don’t. A suspicious message that we’ve received today is titled Returned mail: see transcript for details. It says that a number of messages have been sent with your e-mail address. (See Screenshot 01.)

We have found that your email account was used to send a huge amount of unsolicited email messages during the last week.
We suspect that your computer was infected by a recent virus and now contains a hidden proxy server.

Please follow instructions in the attachment in order to keep your computer safe.

It comes with a zip attachment, which appears to contain an executable program. This message is so convincing that I thought it was a true, kind notification. A big mistake they’ve made is use of a Japanese return address. The Japanese cannot write in English without making a lot of grammatical mistakes.   Continue reading

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Beware of iTunes Store Gift Certificate Spam

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TOKYO (MacHouse) – An organized cyber scum group circulated a spam message some half an hour ago to target Apple’s iTunes customers. This spam message is titled Thank you for buying iTunes Gift Certificate! (See Screenshot 01.) The message implies that the attached ZIP package contains information on how to receive a $50 gift certificate. But this ZIP archive appears to include an executable program. Chances are that this spam message is sent by the same group responsible for a series of messages involving UPS and DHL. This type of spam messages with a ZIP archive is known to contain a piece of malware.   Continue reading

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Got a DHL Package? Or Get Malware

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TOKYO (MacHouse) – An organized cyber criminal circulated a spam message a while ago. It’s similar to the one involving UPS that we reported first at the beginning of the month. This time, it involves DHL. The message is titled DHL Delivery Problem NR.76933. Sender is shown as help@dhl.com though that’s not the actual one. The body of the spam message goes

Dear customer!

Unfortunately we were not able to deliver postal package you have sent on the 4th of March in time
because the recipient’s address is incorrect.
Please print out the invoice copy attached and collect the package at our office.

DHL Services. (See Screenshot 01.)   Continue reading

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UPS Zip Attachment Mail Circulated Again

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TOKYO (MacHouse) – A week ago, we first reported that an organized cyber criminal group circulated a suspicious spam message, pretending that it originated from United Parcel Service (UPS). It has turned out that the zip archive that comes as an attachment file contains a malicious executable program.

Just some 30 minutes ago, an organized cyber criminal group, perhaps the same one as before, circulated a similar suspicious message. This e-mail message is brief and titled UPS Delivery Problem NR.3867666. The sender’s name and address appear as

Postal Manager Dario Walden
support@ups.com

, respectively.   Continue reading

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