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Friday, 31 August 2012

hphosts: Updated 01-09-2012

The hpHOSTS Hosts file has been updated. There is now a total of 169,808 listed hostsnames.

If you are NOT using the installer, please read the included Readme.txt file for installation instructions. Enjoy! :)
  1. Latest Updated: 01/09/2012 03:45
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Friday, 24 August 2012

Info: Ammyy now warning about telephony scams

I am happy to report, Ammyy, the remote software firm, are now warning about the on-going telephony scams.

When a support scammer tries to get you to hand over your credit card details in exchange for a fraudulent virus removal and system protection ‘service’, an important part of the scam involves persuading you to give them remote access to your system. They do this partly to convince you that there is a problem with your system, and partly to ‘help you’ by installing the software you’re paying them for. The software is often legitimate, but it’s also usually stuff you could get for free elsewhere, and usually has very little to do with protecting you from imaginary viruses. According to reports from the UK, the scammers often use the remote access service (I see reports of Team Viewer being used, too), but in the US, they make use – more often than not – of, a service apparently operating out of Seattle. In fact, the scam is often referred to in the US as the ammyy scam, though I haven’t seen much in the way of serious suggestions that Ammyy LLC is directly implicated in the fraudulent use of its service.

Read David's writeup here;

Hat tip to Martijn Grooten (Virus Bulletin) for the heads up!

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Email issues

Seems to be one thing or another lately, but there appears to be an issue with the mailbox for, housed by Domain Monster. This issue is of an unknown cause at present, and because Domain Monster both don't work 24/7, and are unreachable on Sundays, won't be identified until Monday (assuming it doesn't resolve itself before then). Suffice to say, the issue present prevents my receiving emails. I can still be reached on the Malwarebytes address however, or via the hpHosts, TeMerc, BotScout, Malwarebytes, Malware Domain List or Avant Browser forums (username is the same for all of them - MysteryFCM).