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.

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.

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.

Yet another post…

I absolutely lost track of how long its been.  I have lost all interest in this website.  Since I am no longer in the military and since I no longer serve overseas, there’s not really a need for it.

I am, however, revamping the entire website.  It is in much need of some maintenance and facelifts!  I’m getting rid of Concrete5 and migrating slowly to WordPress.  Now, keyword here is SLOWLY!  It’ll get done eventually.

Yet another Christmas is upon us. I’ve all but given up on this blog… But, it doesn’t really matter. Because I just made a post!

In fact. I often wonder if I’m just wasting my money on this website.  When I was active duty, it was really useful.  I would post pictures and video of what was going on while I was overseas.  Now, it just seems like I have to maintain it for no reason.  And pay ~$120/yr….

Anyway… Merry Christmas everyone!