TECK TALK: Links with Lies

Published: October 29, 2012

In recent months, it seems there have been just as many good tweets as fake ones being sent out to hack accounts.  The ones that contain phrases like “have you heard the rumours about you?” or “Have you seen this video someone posted of you?”

Now unless you are Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan and looking for such publicity or work for Prince Harry keeping tabs on photo leaks such as this, do not open any links that come with such messages.

Pressing that link means your Twitter account will most likely be hijacked and suddenly turned into  a spam-spewing tweet factory.  Then comes the fun part – annoying all of your Twitter followers with similiar personal messages.  In one case, a local tweeter’s account got hacked right after her wedding.  There were about 10 such DMs sent from her account to her followers.  The longer it takes for a hacked account owner to deal with it, the longer the factory keeps sending out spam!

2012 has also seen a couple of Microsoft-related scams.  Earlier this year, we heard about the scam originating from an overseas company that called homes in Canada pretending to be representatives of Microsoft.  Innocent consumers were urgently directed to go to their computers to do an update or a critical check as their computer was sending messages back to Microsoft of being hacked.  Waves of computer crashing soon followed, with this nasty scam going on for nine months and continuing in some cases.

Even those in the “techy” business fell for the scam that targeted personal information, passwords and evening sensitive banking details.  The story made consumer headlines all over the world, including here in Vancouver. (Yup I was a victim.)

After months of making the rounds, the phone call scam got old as more people caught on and the media picked up the story.  What does that mean? Time to revise, rinse and repeat the scam!  This one came in the form of a very “real” looking email.  DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS if you get an email that looks like the one below or any messages via your social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.  Here are a couple of components from what that email looks like:

There are couple of instant giveaways but they may only be obvious to the trained eye of a computer technician or programmer.  First off, Microsoft does NOT call you at home or send you such emails.  That is the first rule to always remember.

The second thing is that the link ends in “exe” – which basically means it will run an application on your computer and that is bad news for computer owners.
 
Kuljeet Kaila is a local media personality who writes  for Vancouver Desi.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,





Featured

Ganesha's wife-Ganpati-elephant god

Indian baby born with a trunk is being worshipped as Hindu deity Ganesha’s wife

HINDUSTAN TIMES A baby girl born with a ‘trunk’ has become a big attraction in Aligarh, where people are flocking to worship her. They believe…
Continue Reading »

A Bangladeshi policeman escorts Jikrullah, left and Ariful Islam, two among  three suspected of the killing of a blogger as they are presented before the media in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, March 30, 2015. AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad

Blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh’s capital, 2 Islamic school students detained

JULHAS ALAM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DHAKA, Bangladesh — A blogger was hacked to death by three men in Bangladesh’s capital on Monday, and two of…
Continue Reading »

In this photo taken in October 2012, Associated Press reporter Kathy Gannon, second from left, and photographer Anja Niedringhaus pose for a photo with Afghan police recruits at the main police training academy in Kabul, Afghanistan. AP Photo

Afghan police officer sentenced to 20 years for killing AP photographer and wounding reporter

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KABUL — Afghanistan’s highest court has ruled that the police officer convicted of murdering Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding AP…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

U.S., Mexico sign climate co-operation deal as Canada stalls on UN emissions bid

By Bruce Cheadle THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The Harper government is temporarily standing on the sidelines as international negotiations ramp up for a United…
Continue Reading »

US-Mexico sign climate co-operation deal as Canada stalls on UN emissions bid

By Bruce Cheadle THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — The Harper government is temporarily standing on the sidelines as international negotiations ramp up for a United…
Continue Reading »

desi-crime-sexual assault

Surrey man who pleaded guilty to mistreating sex trade workers should go to prison for 2-3 years: Crown

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI SURREY — A Surrey man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old sex trade worker nearly 20 years ago and…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

World Cup final

Underarm incident recalled as Australia-New Zealand rivalry rekindles in World Cup final

STEVE MCMORRAN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MELBOURNE, Australia — Relations between New Zealand and Australia at a political level have regained their natural cordiality in the…
Continue Reading »

Cricket World Cup

Clarke’s Australians prepare to take on unpopular role in the World Cup final vs New Zealand

JOHN PYE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MELBOURNE, Australia — Win or lose, Michael Clarke and his Australian teammates are probably going to be portrayed as the…
Continue Reading »

India-Australia-weird news

Youth cut his tongue as sacrifice at an Indian temple for nation’s cricket victory

IANS Chennai – In a senseless act, a cricket crazy youth in Tamil Nadu offered the tip of his tongue as a sacrifice at a…
Continue Reading »

Freedom-Section 66A-India

Teenager shoots himself after father bans Facebook chat

IANS Lucknow - A 14-year-old boy shot himself Thursday after his father reprimanded him for chatting too often on social networking site Facebook, police said. The…
Continue Reading »

messy custody battle-desi lingerie model

Jeremy Renner’s messy divorce from B.C. model gets messier as custody battle rages

VANCOUVER DESI A B.C. woman who was married to Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner is being accused of being a gold digger and blackmailer who has…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

pakistani sex meera-Veena Malik

Gallery: Bollywood celebs in trouble with the law

ALMAS MEHERALLY VANCOUVER DESI Indian film actress Shruti Haasan has run into legal trouble after she pulled out of a signed contract, according to an…
Continue Reading »

Salman Khan-Bollywood

Bollywood actor Salman Khan denies he was driving or drunk during 2002 accident

IANS Mumbai – Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Friday told a Mumbai court, conducting the trial of the 2002 hit-and-run case involving him, that he…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood movie

Amitabh Bachchan: Balki challenges me with never-done-before roles

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS Mumbai – R. Balakrishnan and Amitabh Bachchan’s much anticipated third outing “Shamitabh” turned out to be a box office disaster, but…
Continue Reading »