The Crooked Cockroach

It’s a scary [virtual] world out there

Posted in Uncategorized by cready on August 28, 2009

Time to be afraid of the Web?“, screamed an NY Times editorial yesterday. Think of the last time you heard of your friend’s credit card numbers getting in wrong hands or read about a gigantic identity theft case in the newspapers or at an even more personal level, you stumbled upon some random [and yet visibly suspicious looking] website asking you to give some intimate, personal details about you. Well, if you thought only lay men like you and me could fall into such traps, you are sadly mistaken. The virtual world has become a risk not only for us, but even for the high and the mighty, who generally are expected to have a higher degree of understanding of these things. Ben S. Bernake, U.S Federal Reserve Board Chairman, or to put in simpler words, the man on the mission to save America’s failing economy, who only a few days back was in the news for re-appointment by President Obama for a second term owing to Bernake’s daring and caring policy initiatives, also became a victim to one such nasty ‘prank’ few months back. The Newsweek reports that Mr. Bernake’s wife was swindled by a thief by stealing her purse which had their joint check book. It is being said that the thief belonged to a nationwide identity theft ring [which has now been busted] which fooled over 500 different victims. The article states that six days after Mr. Bernake lost his check book, there was a withdrawal of over $9000 from his account without he or his wife having done it. It was only then that he notified the authorities.

Some might say $9000 is not too big a deal. But it is a big deal! It’s like stealing from the king himself! Maybe, you’re right. Maybe, it ‘just’ a couple of thousand bucks. But what if I told you there’s a man in Miami who has been charged for stealing over 130 million credit card numbers? For more, read this. Well, the dude, named Albert Gonzalez, has been a U.S Secret Service employee expert at hacking etc., and he already has been in the dock for a ‘more paltry’ crime [as compared to the 130 million one!] – stealing 40 million credit card numbers. Seems while we pee and eat and sleep, all this maniac can do is go on a stealing rampage! Here’s an account of how he allegedly did it [from here] :

One of their techniques apparently involved “wardriving,” or cruising through different areas with a laptop computer and looking for retailers’ accessible wireless Internet signals. Once they located a vulnerable network, the hackers installed “sniffer programs” that captured credit and debit card numbers as they moved through a retailer’s processing computers — then tried to sell the data.

In the latest charges against Gonzalez, authorities said he and two Russian conspirators used a different technique to hack into corporate networks and secretly place “malware,” or malicious software, that would allow them backdoor access to the networks to steal data later.

computer-wormWell, I have more of such malicious news. Are you a Windows system user? Ever heard of a worm called ‘Conficker’? The world literally means ‘Configure f***er’ [‘ficker’ is German for ‘f***er’]. As this article warns :

Experts say it is the worst infection since the Slammer worm exploded through the Internet in January 2003, and it may have infected as many as nine million personal computers around the world.

Well, I know Windows sucks, but many still don’t. And it’s for those innocent people that I write about this worm here. Although Microsoft has an elaborate way of fixing it, most people don’t understand what’s happening to their system and stay careless out of ignorance. The above mentioned article also states that :

Earlier this week, security researchers at Qualys, a Silicon Valley security firm, estimated that about 30 percent of Windows-based computers attached to the Internet remain vulnerable to infection because they have not been updated with the patch, despite the fact that it was made available in October. The firm’s estimate is based on a survey of nine million Internet addresses.

Now 30 percent is quite a number, isn’t it? It is also being estimated that computers in over 200 countries have been affected already. Now what does it exactly do? Why is it so dangerous apart from the fact that it spreads fast over the Internet? The worm could affect the computer in a way to generate vast amounts of spam. It could steal information like passwords and logins by capturing keystrokes. It could also deliver fake antivirus warnings to trick naïve users into believing their computers are infected and persuade them to pay by credit card to have the infection removed.

The impact has been especially deep on Government agencies in Europe .

But so long as something terrible doesn’t happen to your system, it’s natural you won’t act on it. Point taken. But my friends, I’ve come to realize that the Internet and the virtual world in general is quite a fun place to be, but it is equally risky. You ought to be on the guard at all times. A few seconds of laziness, and you could land up in hell.It is time you became alert and got yourself educated about all these things if you’re going to be using the Internet hungrily.

The virtual world, as they say, is becoming quite a scary place.

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Doodh ka Karzzz…

Posted in Uncategorized by cready on August 9, 2009

Woman breastfeeding a cobra..

If this doesn’t keep viewers hooked to Indian films, what will?
On a different note, I think PETA ought to learn a thing or two from this selfless woman about loving animals rather than making raunchy ads or making models pose nude all over..[;)]

In other news, it is being speculated that Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, has been killed by an American drone attack. But that’s just the simple part. These terrorists; they come and go. They get killed right-and-left. Ever wondered what could have brought them to their would-be death spot? You might say that God punishes those who punish the world, but in Mr. Mehsud’s case, it’s a little bizarre. If this report were to be believed, he was desperately trying to have a son [well, he already had 4 daughters] with his second wife and hence had gone to her place to ‘spend’ the night. The report states that :

[…] In the end it may have been the desire for a son that led to the Taliban leader’s demise. The 35-year-old had four daughters by his first wife but, in the tribal lands of Waziristan, it is only the birth of a boy that is greeted by rifle fire and jubilation. Last November Mehsud took a second wife, the daughter of an influential local cleric. He was spending the night with her at her father’s house in the village of Zangarha when the missiles hit.[…]

What a misery. Imagine having sex with your wife and trying to make a baby when suddenly a missile drops from the sky and pops you off from the face of the earth.

You know what I think? Lets give all these terrorists hot wives so that they’ll forget guns and get themselves serviced every night. That ought to be an awesome war strategy, wassay?

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