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.
IBM and Apple focus on the Enterprise
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 10:25a Frank Paolino Apple is working with IBM to push into
the enterprise space. Apple really has mainly focused on the consumer market,
but products like IBM Traveler have made BYOD a reality.
Now, with IBM, Apple is going to focus
on large enterprises.
Tim Cook gets a corporate partner with
a great enterprise player to promote Apple as enterprise ready.
Ginny Rometti mentioned security, which
is an overwhelming concern with BYOD. If Apple and IBM make new offerings
that satisy I [read] Keywords: ibm
Mon, May 5th 2014 1:25p Frank Paolino There is a new and improved version
of CryptoLocker. Version 1.0 made the makers of this ransomware a lot of
money, and this version 2.0 is, I predict, just one of many new "feature
enhanced" releases. Judging by the Bitcoin activity, there are a lot
of "willing" victims out there paying to get their files back.
BleepingComputer is doing a great job
documenting this, so I will point you there for good advice and a possible
free fix made by Nathan Scott called
the DecrypterFixe [read] Keywords: virus
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:
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
That is the story of a compromised refrigerator
that sends cold "spam" to unsuspecting users via it's internet
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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