Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Hack Attack, In the News, and Enjoy

The Hack Attack - If you read last Thursday's edition of this blog, you may recall that I detailed a hack attack upon one of my clients.

You may well imagine how I fixed my gaze upon the television this morning when a local news program interviewed a man who was similarly attacked!

The news report showed the victim, sitting in his living room, recounting the experience.

The story—titled "Magalia man warns of scammer"—quoted the man, "He calls me again and says he is Microsoft and that I have all these viruses in my computer and that it is running real slow."
The stranger wanted $300 to fix the computer. The victim continued, "He told me what is your social security number I told him I did not want to do that. He says I'll crash your computer then and you can't use it."

This is a sad tale, certainly. I find the way the story was presented to be unduly sensational—in particular since removing viruses, malware, Trojans, and ransomware is something I do daily, and the only recommended action given in the report is " the Federal Trade Commission."

The article makes it sound as though this sort of hack leaves a computer virtually unrepairable. When the report states, "Now Cookseys computer sits useless on his living room floor. He says he can't afford to buy a new one," the viewer is left with the idea that the computer is unrepairable. The fact is, this is a relatively simple repair, and I generally charge a fee of only $60.00 to make it!

In the News - They walk among us!

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  • UK Man Faked Coma for 2 Years to Avoid Court
  • The Worst Places to Seek Refuge During the Zombie Apocalypse
  • 500-pound Suspect Doesn't Fit Into Florida Patrol Car

    Enjoy - Relax and enjoy these images and videos!