Merry Christmas 2019.

Merry Christmas everyone.

So very thankful for everything that I have right. As I sit here and sip on a martini and listen to some instrumental Christmas music, I find myself reflecting back on the many amazing Christmases I have had. 

Although, I must admit that Christmas does not seem the same without all of my 4 kids here at home. With the boys gone, it just does not seem the same. But, such is life. I cannot keep them here forever. 


2020 is going to be an amazing year! Many new things to come! 

I’m truly looking forward to the new year!  So much to come on the horizon! 2020 is going to be an amazing year! Very thankful to be in this position! 

Merry Christmas everyone! 

Websites went down.

It appears that several of my domains ended up with infected pages. I do not know how that happened and neither does Dreamhost. This is currently my second fresh install. What a pain in the buttocks this was. 

Hopefully, this will be the last time!  I changed my password for the second time, plus I added an additional FTP user to separate the most important sites in an effort to contain any future infections. 

EDIT: On a positive note, I updated WordPress and it appears to be working well. 


Infected websites suck!

 

The website was badly in need of an update. The photo section was antiquated and relied on PHP5.6 to work properly. Since Dreamhost hosts my website, I have limited control over PHP versions. After contacting Dreamhost support, both of us agreed that I need to replace Gallery3.

Initially, I started out using WordPress, but decided, in the end, to go with PiWigo instead. I just didn’t want to recreate the wheel since I already had photos separated in albums and had an already established directory structure.

End Product turned out pretty good. I’m still working on updating uploading more photos. Since I’ve been out of the Military, I have not done much updating to this website or photo albums.

Here’s the assignment for Lab3. The next class session will show us .

Public Class frmCompare

    '----JDS-----------------------
    'CREATED:    10/15/2014
    'CREATED BY: James Strickland
    'CLASS:      COP2010 - 090898
    'PURPOSE:    Write a Windows Application
    '            program that inputs
    '            three different integers
    '            and displays results
    '            in a listbox
    '----JDS-----------------------

    ' Declare variables
    ' inum=InputNumber
    Dim inum1, inum2, inum3 As Integer

    ' onum=OutputNumber
    Dim onum1, onum2, onum3, max, min As Integer

    Private Sub frmCompare_Load(sender As Object, _
                                e As EventArgs) _
                            Handles MyBase.Load

        ' Hide the "About" label at form load
        lblAbout.Visible = False

    End Sub


    Private Sub btnGo_Click(sender As Object, _
                        e As EventArgs) _
                        Handles btnExe.Click

        ' The following code is executed 
        ' when the EXECUTE button is pressed

        ' Get the users 3 numbers and load
        ' them into the 3 input variables
        inum1 = txtInput1.Text
        inum2 = txtInput2.Text
        inum3 = txtInput3.Text

        ' Clear list box encase user wants to 
        ' repeat program without scrolling 
        ' down listbox.
        LstBoxResults.Items.Clear()

        ' Display numbers as user entered them
        ' seperated by comma
        LstBoxResults.Items.Add("Numbers in User Order:")
        LstBoxResults.Items.Add(inum1 & ", " & inum2 & ", " & inum3)
        LstBoxResults.Items.Add("") ' simply creates a space between answers

        ' Display Sum of users entered numbers
        LstBoxResults.Items.Add("Sum of numbers:") ' Displays to user
        LstBoxResults.Items.Add(inum1 + inum2 + inum3) ' does the math
        LstBoxResults.Items.Add("") ' simply creates a space between answers

        ' Display Average of numbers
        LstBoxResults.Items.Add("Average of Numbers:") ' Displays to user
        LstBoxResults.Items.Add((inum1 + inum2 + inum3) \ 3) ' does the math
        LstBoxResults.Items.Add("") ' simply creates a space between answers

        ' Display Product of numbers
        LstBoxResults.Items.Add("Product of numbers:") ' Displays to user
        LstBoxResults.Items.Add(inum1 * inum2 * inum3) ' Does the math
        LstBoxResults.Items.Add("") ' simply creates a space between answers

        ' Display Largest of the 3 numbers
        LstBoxResults.Items.Add("Largest of the 3:")
        max = inum1 ' Init variable mas a first number entered, the compare below...

        If inum2 > max Then
            max = inum2 ' inum2 greater than max, init max as inum2 (inum2 is smaller)
        End If

        If inum3 > max Then
            max = inum3 ' inum3 greater than max, init max as inum3 (inum3 is smaller)
        End If

        LstBoxResults.Items.Add(max)
        LstBoxResults.Items.Add("") ' simply creates a space between answers

        ' Display Smallest of the 3 numbers
        LstBoxResults.Items.Add("Smallest of the 3:")
        min = inum1 ' init min as inum1

        If inum2 < min Then
            min = inum2 ' inum2 less than min, init min as inum2 (inum2 is bigger)
        End If

        If inum3 < min Then
            min = inum3 ' inum3 less than min, init min as inum3 (inum3 is bigger)
        End If

        LstBoxResults.Items.Add(min) ' Display results of min
        LstBoxResults.Items.Add("") ' simply creates a space between answers

    End Sub

    ' Close/Exit the program
    Private Sub btnExit_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, _
                              ByVal e As System.EventArgs) _
                              Handles btnExit.Click
        Close()

    End Sub



    Private Sub btnAbout_Click(sender As Object, _
                               e As EventArgs) _
                               Handles btnAbout.Click
        ' The below code hides the form content and 
        ' displays information about the programmer
        ' (when the user presses the "about" button)
        ' which happens to be me. For those who does
        ' not know me, I am a big deal around here..
        ' I mean, I didn't want to say nuthin.......

        ' Clear Form
        btnExe.Visible = False
        lblEnterNumbers.Visible = False
        lblInstruction.Visible = False
        txtInput1.Visible = False
        txtInput2.Visible = False
        txtInput3.Visible = False
        LstBoxResults.Visible = False

        ' About Programmer
        lblAbout.Visible = True

    End Sub

End Class

 

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.

Capture

 

 

 

 

 

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

Capture2

 

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 )

scam_site

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

I have been wanting a kayak for sometime now.  I posted on craigslist to trade my Toshiba Excite Tablet for a Kayak and received a response.  The kayak was far from new condition, but since I never used my tablet it was a no-brainer for me.  Also, got a new tent… I’m hoping we’ll get to camp before the summer is over.  Will probably be during the week tho.