New Facebook Virus Threat

These virus guys are busy, so soon after the DHL and Mail Server viruses, we now have a Facebook one. It will be interesting to see if people are getting wise to these forms of delivery, or whether the threat of losing access to Facebook will panic people into opening the attachment.

Again it looks like they are in the wild for a day or so before the virus software gets updated.

As usual here is the transcript

From: “The Facebook Team”
To: validemail@yoursite.co.nz
Subject: Facebook Password Reset Confirmation.

Hey validemail ,

Because of the measures taken to provide safety to our clients, your password has been changed.
You can find your new password in attached document.

Thanks,
The Facebook Team

Attachment called Facebook_Password_420ca.zip at the bottom

As always if you get anything suspicious, look at the Email Scams and Viruses category to see if it is there.

If not, let me know

Let the fun begin!

Combining Blogging and Twitter

I have been running workshops on Social Networking, talking primarily about Twitter Blogs and Facebook.

Once of the questions I am asked is which of these are most important, what should they focus on first.

As usual, there is no definitive answer, but it becomes more about :

  • What you want to achieve from social media and social networking
  • Who do you want to say
  • How much time do you want to apply to this

Twitter only gives you 140 characters at a time to talk aobut something, this is OK for many things: announcements, short comments, conversations, but not so good for somehitng more detailed.

This is where Blogs have it over most other forms of social media. The ability to be as brief as you like or as detailed as you like.

Also, your content is more permanent. Twitter tweets are much more “in the moment” as they pass in front of your followers.

Recent changes in search, where Bing and Google have both announced that they are entering agreements with Twitter to provide tweets in search results, means that what you say in Twitter will be available to more than just your followers.

So there is a place for both (or any facet of Social Media). There are plenty of addons that allow you to synchronise your entries across the different platforms (just make sure the duplication is appropriate for each audience)

Here is a video from Webpronews about Blogs (specifically Blogger) and Twitter and how you can get the benefits of both

Possible new DHL Email Virus

Wow, the virus / malware people are working overtime, my last post was about the Mail Server Upgrade scam / virus, now interestingly, a DHL email has slipped past my virus scanner.

In the past these have been picked up and have never been a threat, but this one got through, the email reads

Subject: DHL delivery service. Get your parcel NR.26252

Dear customer!

The courier company was not able to deliver your parcel by your address.
Cause: Error in shipping address.

You may pickup the parcel at our post office personaly!

Attention!
The shipping label is attached to this e-mail.
Please print this label to get this package at our post office.

Thank you for attention.
DHL Delivery Services.

As usual, there is a zip file attached. This normally trips the virus scanner,b ut not this time.

Hopefully the next virus updates will catch up with this new variant.

New Email Threat – Mail Upgrade Virus

I have had a couple of clients send on emails they have recieved with what seems to be a reasonably well crafted email describing an upcoming mail system upgrade.

The key thing is there is a link given to click on that in one email was direct to an executable file, assumed by me to be a file carrying either a virus or trojan program.

Another email had a link to a page on a website. (Which could easily redirect to a file download)

As with other emails of simialr technical nature, thsi one tries to talk in enough tech language to try and come across as legitimate.

Here is a transcript

From: System [mailto:System@clientsite.co.nz] Sent: Tuesday, 20 October 2009 12:20 PM
To: validemail@
clientsite.co.nz
Subject: Attention – Mail system upgrade

Attention!

On October 22, 2009 server upgrade will take place. Due to this the system may be offline for approximately half an hour.

The changes will concern security, reliability and performance of mail service and the system as a whole.

For compatibility of your browsers and mail clients with upgraded server software you should run SSl certificates update procedure.

This procedure is quite simple. All you have to do is just to click the link provided, to save the patch file and then to run it from your computer location. That’s all.

http://updates.clientsite.co.nz.secure.certificates-db.com/ssl/id=7721494943-validemail@clientsite.co.nz-patch6559.exe

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter and sorry for possible inconveniences.

System Administrator

Another one, similar

—– Original Message —– From: “administrator” <administrator@clientsite.co.nz>
To: <validemail@clientsite.co.nz>
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 1:56 AM
Subject: Read carefully:Mail System Upgrade

Attention!

On October 22, 2009 server upgrade will take place. Due to this the system may be offline for approximately half an hour.
The changes will concern security, reliability and performance of mail service and the system as a whole.
For compatibility of your browsers and mail clients with upgraded server software you should run SSl certificates update procedure.
This procedure is quite simple. All you have to do is just to click the link provided, to save the patch file and then to run it from your computer location. That’s all.

http://updates.clientsite.co.nz.secure.certificates-db.net/ssl/id=798545139-validemail@clientsite.co.nz-patch2066228.aspx

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter and sorry for possible inconveniences.

System Administrator

(urls changed)

It seems like some anti-spam has already picked this up, but if you see an email like this beware


IBM taking on Gmail

In my last corporate job we had Lotus Notes as our email / group-ware platform.

It was good for some things but was very poor at things that Outlook express did very well. It was really the group-ware and the integration with work-flow systems that really saved it’s bacon.

This was a few years ago now, I haven’t seen the latest versions, but the news that IBM are now pitching iNotes, their online email client, to people disgruntled with the GMail service.

One of the issues pointed out as why IBM are choosing now to make their move is due to outages of the Gmail service.

For those people paying for Gmail as a corporate service, they have more reason to complain (unlike those of us who use it as a free service)

But this quote from an article made me think…hang on a bit

Last month millions of business users could not access email for almost two hours.

Wow, an outage of 2 hours in a month, that’s about 2% of the working month, or in IT terms, an uptime of about 98%

With promised up-times quoted as over 99.5% for many online service this is obviously completely unacceptable! (Tongue firmly in cheek)

No one has mentioned whether this is a normal incident or a one off.

But come on, most computer networks have outages, I know that in that same corporate job, using IBM’s notyes platform we had some very lengthy outages, some even more than 2 hours!

So what did we do? We did something else and waited for the network people to sort it out, which they always did.

Far too much jerking of knees I think.