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Social Engineering / Hack attempt

Today I received a phone call at 5:24PM (CST) from (281) 593-3503 showed up on caller ID as Cleveland, TX.

This is the 2nd call from this person, who had a strong foreign accent. The first time I received a call from him, I told him I wasn’t interested and hung up. This time I was bored, so decided to go along with him.

Here’s how the conversation went:

He started out by telling me he has been monitoring infected files on my computer. He then asked me is my computer connected to the internet.
I said yes.

He asked what I seen on my screen, I said google

He asked me to close the window and press <windows/flag> key and “R”, I complied.

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He asked me what I saw, I told him the run screen.

He asked me to type “inf hiddenfiles” then asked me if I knew what it was, I said no. then pressed enter after he instructed me to.

This opened a window

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He then asked me if I knew what these files were, I said no.  He said that they were a list of infected files. These are infact driver information files (windows/inf)

Then then asked me to go to a website by way of <win/flag> + R (run command) ( http://rescue12.webs.com )

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Then he asked me to download teamviewer and install it on my computer.  Since There was no way  I was going to give him access to my computer, I went ahead and pulled the plug.

I asked him, since he seen infected files from my computer, what was the IP address of my computer.  He didn’t have an answer.  I then asked him who my ISP was, he didn’t have an answer… I figured I spent enough time of the phone with this idiot… so I told him I knew what he was up to and was reporting it to the authorities.  He said go ahead, then hung up.

Now, here’s some relevant data for us geeks:

Who is for the website hosting the probably viruses:

I’m not being paid to do this, so I’m not going to load the files and see what wireshark shows… and perhaps trace the IP, which I would assume would be in a foreign country.

Bottom line everyone… if someone sends you links and they don’t look right… double check before you give anyone remote access to your computer. It is extremely easy to gain prolong access to your computer if you just give me 10 secs of remote access to your computer. If you get a phone call from your ISP (cox or centurylink) then perhaps it may be a legitimate phone call, but VERIFY.

I also asked for a call back number, and he gave me: 201-234-4604, I did not try to call it.

The Old days of Computing…

floppy disk

5 1/4\

Ahhh… I’m thinking about loading the latest Sabayon Linux on these… Luckily they’re double sided/double density!!!…


modem

Acoustic Coupler

Although I never used an acoustic coupler, I do remember the 300 baud modem I first had with my Commodore… all the good ‘ole days…. When I got my 14.4k baud modem and an IBM… you couldn’t tell me nothing.


VIC20 Games

VIC20 Games


Anyway, was going through the stuff I have here in storage here in VA. I really need to clean out the closets… I picked up the Commodore cartridges somewhere… don’t remember where. Probably a yard sale. The acoustic coupler I got from a buddy quite some time ago.

New Computer

I am excited… just got a new computer. Since my old desktop was Ancient (AMD 3400+), I had to get a new computer. I had some extra cash, so I got me an AMD Phenom™ 9750 Quad Core processor. Stuck it in an ASUS motherboard, stuck 4 gigs of Corsair ram in it, a 1 TB SATA drive, SATA DVD+/- RW. The case is beautiful… with blue LEDs lighting up the… well… underneath my desk.

Thus far, I put windows 7 on it, but will probably dual boot linux at some point. Not sure yet. I’m kind of liking windows 7. I still have a linux box (my old desktop), which I run as a file server, serving up my movies, photo’s, and other various files. I’m running Sabayon Linux as the server OS.

I’ll stick a picture of it up later.

New Computers

Greetings all…

Since I haven’t replaced any computers in quite a while now, I figured it was time get the family a new computer or two. Picked the kids up an Compaq from Best buy. Ordered myself a barebones kit from Tiger direct and also my wife and I both got a netbook.

We’re all running Windows 7 and love it. I’m turning my old Compaq into a file server. Currently threw linux on it and I’m serving some movies from a 1 Terabyte drive with some movies on it.