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Facebook deletes the Account of Kate Middleton
Frank Paolino    


This "Kate Middleton" takes care of my biking supplies as manager of ATA Cycles in Concord, Massachusetts. She is not related to "THE" Kate Middleton, but Facebook thought she was an imposter and took her account down.

She is now using the "publicity" to help promote a charity bike ride for the  in the New England Multiple Sclerosis Society's Cape Cod Challenge. "If I am successful, I will complete the entire two day 175 mile bike ride in a wedding dress on a tandem bicycle with a Prince William look a like"  (CLICK HERE for fundraising link.)   For the record, I plan to donate $50 for her cause.

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Time-lapse of Product Showcase Taken from my GoPro Camera
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 9:22a   Frank Paolino
I wanted to have a little fun at #IBMConnect so I put a GoPro camera over our booth on the Product Showcase and snapped pictures of all of our visitors over 4 days. The Product Showcase was certainly "energized", so I choose suitable music in the "William Tell Overture". [read] Keywords:
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Refrigerators Now Send Spam as Well as Keeping it Cold
Mon, Jan 20th 2014 2:02p   Frank Paolino
Refrigerators now do more than keep spam, that tasty treat, cold, they also send spam, the electronic email version. That is the story of a compromised refrigerator that sends cold "spam" to unsuspecting users via it's internet connection. Viruses makers will try to add anything to their botnets, and the latest attack on "refrigerators" does not surprise me at all. The target of this attack was a refrigerator model running a flavor of Linux that had not been hardened or pr [read] Keywords: email linux virus
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Increase in Virus Activity
Thu, Jan 9th 2014 2:02p   Frank Paolino
The increase in recent Virus activity has been noticeable, and the sophisticated techniques the virus makers use to evade detection make the job of stopping them that much more challenging. Many times, a new message appears and I ask "Is this some new attempt to get me to infect my machine"? Many of my customers ask me the same question, so I put a live stream of recently caught viruses subjects and attachment names on our website. (Obviously, I did not put the viruses, just their names [read] Keywords: virus
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Virus Names translated from Chinese
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 2:22p   Frank Paolino
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Notice to Appear in Court
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 1:42p   Frank Paolino
Yes, the title of the blog appears scary and that is what the senders of the email want, to scare you into opening the message and reading the body, then launching the phony "notice". Here is a sample of a phony notice that appears to come from JonesDay. Here are the Law firms that were spoofed in these virus outbreaks, and a sampling of the from addresses that were used. To be perfectly clear, these messages are spoofing the law firms, trying to get the rec [read] Keywords: email office virus
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Blocking EXE attachments is working great!
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 1:42p   Frank Paolino
We have advised customers of SpamSentinel for the last month to block EXE attachments, even (especially!) inside zip files. I have been monitoring the results on one of our servers, and they are spectacular in catching new virus outbreaks before their "signatures" are recorded. These are "zero hour" zero hour viruses, fresh off the computers of the virus makers. Here is a screenshot showing the recent patterns, piggybacking on popular email types, like airline ticket confirma [read] Keywords: email virus




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Popular Virus Subjects this Week
Fri, Nov 15th 2013 2:02p   Frank Paolino
There was a lot of virus activity this week. Here is a snapshot of 13,773 caught viruses caught on a single day. The subjects give clues to the latest approaches the virus senders are using in the hope that they can fool the recipient into opening the attachment, which releases the virus. I sorted the subjects and replaced the sender's attempt at making the message look unique with a Fed Express number, a case number or even a phone number with a sequential number, like 123-45 [read] Keywords: office virus
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CryptoLocker
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 2:22p   Frank Paolino
CryptoLocker is such an evil virus that I wanted to create this resource of useful information and links. Cryptolocker is an extremely dangerous and virulent ransomware trojan. The virus encrypts local and network share drives and then demands either $100 or $300 ransom and gives the user 72 hours to pay. If you see this on your screen, it is already too late. Your files are encrypted and unrecoverable. Your only hope is a good backup. If you read the text, they are [read] Keywords: policies applications email microsoft network security server virus wiki
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Mail Enhancement
Fri, Aug 23rd 2013 2:02p   Frank Paolino
Let's face it: We use email in more ways than it was designed. It was originally a simple container for messages, and now it is "where we live" and "where we work". What shows up in our Inbox can dictate the work we do that day. It is amorphous and it sometimes takes over our entire day. Email needs some enhancements to keep up with how we actually use it. To accommodate that way of working, we have built a set of sidebar widgets to improve the mail experience. Some people t [read] Keywords: notes email widgets
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A spear-phishing attack detailed: Moving from "selling" to "stealing".
Fri, Jul 26th 2013 12:02p   Frank Paolino
Spear-phishers are increasingly attacking large organizations, trying to steal information or money. The attacks are getting smarter, and harder to detect as they learn what types of messages their targets will respond to. I recently investigated a spear phishing attack on one of our SpamSentinel clients. It is an attempt to have money wired to the spear-phisher. The attack details follow. This attack is very clever. Spear-phishing is generally a highly-targeted attack to st [read] Keywords: domino lotus notes email instant message network server




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