Archive for November, 2008
One Decade to Cyber-Real Impacts

When I started my blogs at the end of 2005 my sites made about $1/month. As of October 2008 they made over $800 dollars. $800 is pretty good pocket change, but I know of at least two bloggers who make $10,000 per month! This is only possible because of computers, the Internet and web technologies. The additional money from my blogs is a great boost to my over all income allowing me and my family to live more comfortably, however I know that a higher living standard is only the beginning of what information technology (IT) has in store for me and humanity particularly over the next ten years.

In ten years, IT will directly impact my life style by allowing me to better manage everything from energy used in my home and car to the health care. IT will connect me to and even higher “work from home” socially networked life style. And finally, in ten years, IT will change my perception of reality both literally and figuratively.

Within one decade, IT will change how much gas I pump into my car and how much energy I use in my home. It will manage my over all life style. How and why will this happen? What do computers have to do with petroleum? In ten years IT will have everything to do with gas.

Information technology will influence and permeate the energy technologies (ET) needed for a new renewable energy infrastructure. Millions of electric cars on the roads and over 10% of electricity coming from renewable sources (1) will need IT. The impact can be seen even through the jaundice vision of latter-2008 eyes. All the leading candidates of the 2008 election made “green” a part of their talking points and stump speeches. Our early American 21st century problems are no longer being ignored (1,2):

* having to fund oil rich petro-dictators
* lack of export industry/increased unemployment
* pollution/global warming
* the causes and support structure of terrorism

*these issues are address much further in Thomas Friedman’s book Hot, Flat and Crowded (3)

The issues we face are all linked to one problem… energy. America is run on oil so it must buy from oil rich dictators (many of whom are sympathizers of extremists who support acts of terrorism). America is 70% dependent on energy from foreign sources (4) which in-turn exports a large portion of wealth and jobs overseas. But in ten short years, I will no longer be a part of the blind slow degradation of the U.S. because ET with its IT interface and IT processing power will allow me to pump less gas and download more clean electrons into my hybrid car. But IT won’t only be impact my carbon foot print. It will also increase my assets.

In 2004, I was still fresh out of the military and struggling from the high costs of civilian life. My wife and child were consistently in and out of the hospital and the mortgage was a monthly battle. I was thinking about rejoining the Air Force or getting a second job. I was reluctant because my whole reason for getting out the military was to spend more time with my family.

I decided to start a business. Almost immediately, I got sucked into Internet Marketing. Although I lost some money on more than one failed venture, I actually ended up learning a lot about e-business and methods of making money online. I got into blogging at the end of 2005. My blogs started making money with a few months. And by mid-2006, it was pulling down a couple of hundred dollars per month. I immediately saw the great potential of this. A few times the blogs even made more than enough to pay the mortgage. Its 2008 and the blogs still make hundreds of dollars per month.

In 2018, the Internet will make more than what I make at my full time career. The impact will be a revolutionary and comprehensive change to my life style. I will be able to work from home, spend more time with my family and have even more interaction with my extended family who live in another state. But I believe that among the most shocking and exciting vision of pre-2020 is the future predicted by Ray Kuzweil in his book Age of Spiritual Machines (5).

Ray predicts the following:

“Three-dimensional virtual reality displays, embedded in glasses and contact lenses, as well as auditory ‘lenses,’ are used routinely as primary interfaces for communication with other persons, computers, the Web, and virtual reality.

High-resolution, three-dimensional visual and auditory virtual reality and realistic all-encompassing tactile environments enable people to do virtually anything with anybody, regardless of physical proximity.

Paper books or documents are rarely used and most learning is conducted through intelligent, simulated software-based teachers.(5)”

Virtual reality advances will allow me to bring cyber space into the real world. How will I distinguish real from cyber-real with hyper-real overlays of real world objects, disembodied voices from GPS devices personalized to my specific location and velocity whispering in my ear? Furthermore, how will I define reality if virtual reality phones make distance from callers irrelevant? I will be able to see a full body representation of a caller standing in front of me.

Ten years will usher in comprehensive changes in my life coming from IT. This will be the decade that brings in a more responsible change in energy use, unprecedented worldwide increases of standards of living and an overall change in our perception of reality. It will be a virtual brave new world.

Works Cited:

1. Office of the President-elect. 2008. Energy and Environment Agenda http://change.gov/agenda/energy_and_environment_agenda/
2. Governors Global Climate Summit. 2008. Finding Solutions Through Regional and Global Actions. http://site.governorsglobalclimatesummit.org/
3. Friedman, Thomas L. Hot, Flat & Crowded. 2008. Farrar, Straus and Giroux
4. Energy Information Administration. U.S. Imports by Country and Origin. http://www.eia.doe.gov/ http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/dnav/pet/pet_move_impcus_a2_nus_ep00_im0_mbbl_m.htm
5. Kuzweil, Ray. The Age of Spiritual Machines: Time Line. http://www.kurzweilai.net/meme/frame.html?main=/articles/art0274.html?

RLS-Logistics company

Just adding a ne name to this scam watch for pammorrison455@hotmail.com.
I see they come at you with all different names got cought in one of these 3 years agao. Here is what they sent me
Hello!

RLS-Logistics company is looking for new candidates for the Money Manager position.

REASON: Most customers prefer to pay within their own country and it’s much faster than sending an international Money Order. Small companies can’t transfer international transactions and are restricted to make international transfers. But our personal clients have business in Russia, Ukraine and other CIS countries, and they can’t receive international payments. Your task is receiving and transferring payments to our clients.

You will receive and cash out several types of payments: Direct Bank Deposits, sometimes PayPal payments and Money Orders.

This position has the following benefits:
1) Your salary is 15% from each payment.
2) You don’t have to wait end of month to get paid. You salary is included into each payment to your account.
3) You do not spend your own money and there are no startup fees. All charges for withdrawal or transferring the money will be deducted from the payment.
4) Your financial information will never be disclosed to third parties.
5) You can work 1-3 hours per day or fulltime.
6) Your education and status don’t matter.

You can find more information about this position and our company at our web site:
http://www.rls-logistics.biz/Earn_with_us.htm

Best regards,

Pamela Morrison,
Project Manager, RLS-Logistics
******SCAM*******SCAM**********

fed ex (email scam)

OFFICE OF THE SENATE HOUSE
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN PAYMENT
(RESOLUTION PANEL ON CONTRACT PAYMENT)
IKOYI-LAGOS NIGERIA
E-mail: atmsenatehouse21@yahoo.com.hk
Our Ref: FGN /SNT/STB
You’re Ref.

Dear Beneficiary,

Congratulations as we bring to your notice, The Office of the senate house of
Assembly has chosen you by the board of trustees as one of the final
recipients of this fiscal New Year 2008 promotion cash grant/Donation. To
celebrate the 9th anniversary celebration, We are giving out a yearly
donation of The ATM Card Value is $US750,000.00 (Seven Hundred And Fifty
Thousand United States Dollars) to 5 lucky recipients, as New Year 2008
promotion from the W.H.O,UN, and the EU in accordance with the enabling act
of Parliament. To file for your claim you are to fill out below information
and send it to the Payment Remittance Office Via their email contact address:

Full Name……Residential Address.
Occupation…… Country….Telephone: Fax Number:
Sex…. Age.
IDENTITY CARD IF ANY.
Payment Remittance Contact
Winning Batch No: W-342-8876, U-500-32)
Mr. Peter Luis.
E-mail: atmsenatehouse21@yahoo.com.hk

From: “BARRISTER GREG WILLIAM” Add sender to Contacts To: undisclosed-recipients Good day, I have been trying to reach you for sometime now, so i just want to inform you that I have deposited your ATM MASTER CARD of $800,000,00 USD United state dollars to the Fedex Delivery services here in West Africa, and i packaged the ATM MASTER CARD inside a magazine where nobody will notice the content. Insurance and delivery charges have been paid for, but the only fee remaining is the security safe keeping fee of $198,00 USD which you will be required to pay before delivery. However, this was not paid for because of demurrage. Well, I did forward them your delivery address, but a re-confirmation is important when contacting them if you want to change your address. I advice you quote the parcel and shipment code to them for onward delivery to your re-confirmed address.The ATM MASTERCARD has pin number 8876. Take note, Contact the shipment office with the below informations and reconfirm your correct address details:
Full name………………….
Home address…………
Country………………..
Telephone…………… Attention: Mr. Collins Oliver Shipment Officer Of Fedex delivery services Nigeria.
E-mail: fedex-deliverycenternig1@live.com
Tel: +234 808 029 8440
Shipment Code: CPEL/OWN/9856
Parcel Number: EG2272-NG I am travelling out of town and will be back in three months time. Once again, the Fedex delivery services do not know the content of the parcel, I registered it as an African magazine they don’t know it contains ATM MASTERCARD inside, this is to avoid them delaying the delivery and besides I don’t want you to lose your inherittance funds. Remain blessed and enjoy your funds.
Barrister Greg Williams.

—–Inline Attachment Follows—–

Microsoft Award Team
20 Craven Park, Harlesden
London NW10,United Kingdom.
Batch number: 12/25/0340
Reff number: MSN-L/200-26937
Winning number: YM09788

Microsoft Award Notification

This is to inform you that you have won a prize money of FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND
POUND(£500,000.00) for the New Edition 2008 Lottery promotion which is
organized by YAHOO LOTTERY INC & WINDOWS LIVE.

YAHOO & MICROSOFT WINDOWS, collects all the email addresses of the people that
are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Yahoo and Hotmail we
only select five people every Month as our winners through electronic balloting
System without the winner applying, we congratulate you for being one of the
people selected.

PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM

You are to contact your Claims Agent with immediate effect to faciliate the
protocol of your winning prized before the date of Claim, Winners Shall be
paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Centre Prize must be claimed not
later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which
Prize has won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.

These are your identification numbers:

Batch number……………….12/25/0340
Reff number…………………..MSN-L/200-26937
Winning number……………….YM09788

To begin your claim please contact our licensed and accredited agent assigned
to you

Mr. Terry Martins
(VERIFICATION DEPARTMENT MANAGER)
Email: terrymartinsverification2@hotmail.com
Tel: +44-703-190-9638
Tel: +44-703-196-8309
Fax: +44 870 471 6651

You are therefore advised to send the following information to the claims agent
to facilitate them and in order for them to have access in proceeding with the
tranaferred of your funds to your nominated bank account.

1. Full name…………
2. Country…………..
3. Contact Address……..
4. Telephone Number…….
5. Marital Status………
6. Occupation………….
7. Company…………..
8. Age………………..

Msn Lottery Prize must be claimed not later than 15 days from date of Draw
Notification after the Draw date in which Prize has won. Any prize not claimed
within this period will be forfeited.

Congratulations!! once again.
Yours in service,

Mrs. Tracy Kelly.
(Operation Manager

Hello,

Thanks for your mail, and the content was noted, regarding the question you raised? Please be informing that, I am not organising a charity home hence I will not be in the position to send you any funds or ask you to send me money to finalize this project over here. What I expect from you is trust and commitment so that we both can make this project a success. As you and I know opportunities as sure are rear, it is your free will to accept or refuse; I am not imposing this transaction on you and your only financial obligation is to set up an account in your name for this project, to take care of your side, I shall take care of my side.

Considering the money involved, and due to the nature of this transaction, it is necessary for you to be sure of whom you are transacting with, you can visit our webpage here: (http://www.hsbc.com/1/2/about-hsbc/board-of-directors) in order for you to know more about me , I want to be sure that you are ready, to execute this transaction with me, What I expect from you is trust and commitment, I want this large sum of money transferred with your assistance and you should have nothing to worry about regarding legality AT ALL, because what affects you? Shall also affects me too, considering the paper work we are about to sign together but, I will appreciate you to follow my directives amicably as everything shall be done in accordance passing through all international banking laws, and as a banker I know that if we follow up this transaction diligently it would be completed within 9 working days.

I have attached to this mail, an agreement letter which you are to fill and sign, then scan and send it as an attachment via E-mail to me, or via my private fax number +852-301-65323, before the Attorney can go ahead with the preparation of the required documents that shall place you as the sole beneficiary to the funds.

I await your prompt reply on this.

Kind Regards

Mr. Vincent Cheng.

i have more if you want i get about 4 or five a week some from the heading of the uk and africa.we know about the asking for money as a delievery price.i tell them to put up the money and when i get the lump sum i will pay them ten thousand so far no bites. mail sorcees ups fedex uk goverment

More GMAIL Problems

This was news I could not ignore because I really, really like Gmail. These hacks are ridiculous. I hope that google is getting a handle on this. It looks like the accounts are getting hacked with some sort of script that runs from a site or email while gmail is opened:

According to David Airey & gnucitizen.org:
The victim visits a page while being logged into GMail. Upon execution, the page performs a multipart/form-data POST to one of the GMail interfaces and injects a filter into the victim’s filter list. In the example above, the attacker writes a filter, which simply looks for emails with attachments and forward them to an email of their choice. This filter will automatically transfer all emails matching the rule. Keep in mind that future emails will be forwarded as well. The attack will remain present for as long as the victim has the filter within their filter list, even if the initial vulnerability, which was the cause of the injection, is fixed by Google.
gnucitizen

As many of you already know on November 2nd, MakeUseOf.com’s domain was stolen from us. It took us about 36 hours to get the domain back. As we have pointed out earlier the hacker somehow managed to get access to my Gmail account and from there to our GoDaddy account, unlock the domain and move it to another registrar.

You can see the whole story on our temporary blog makeuseof-temporary.blogspot.com/

I wasn’t planning to publish anything about the incident or cracker (person who steals domains) and how he managed to pull it off unless I was completely sure about it myself. I had a good feeling it was a Gmail security flaw but wanted to confirm it before posting anything about it on MakeUseOf. We love Gmail and giving them bad publicity is not something we would ever want to do.

Now the thing is the domain name domainsgames.org is protected by Moniker and they hide all the contact info for it.

Domain ID:D154519952-LROR
Domain Name:DOMAINSGAME.ORG
Created On:22-Oct-2008 07:35:56 UTC
Last Updated On:08-Nov-2008 12:11:53 UTC
Expiration Date:22-Oct-2009 07:35:56 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Moniker Online Services Inc. (R145-LROR)
Status:CLIENT DELETE PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED
Status:TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Registrant ID:MONIKER1571241
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.
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Name Server:NS3.DOMAINSERVICE.COM
Name Server:NS2.DOMAINSERVICE.COM
Name Server:NS1.DOMAINSERVICE.COM
Name Server:NS4.DOMAINSERVICE.COM

More at Makeusof.com

The Google Fix

I NEED YOUR URGENT REPLY TO HIM IMMEDIATELY DON’T DELAY FOR YOUR $2.5m

Subject: I NEED YOUR URGENT REPLY TO HIM IMMEDIATELY DON’T DELAY FOR YOUR $2.5m
To: yug@sportscardsdugout.com

¡Tengo nueva dirección de correo!
Ahora puedes escribirme a:barristerjoemac@yahoo.com.co

– Dear Friend,I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund transferred. Now I want you to contact my secretary on his email address below and receive your compensation of $2.5m from him:NAME:Pastor Frank Leo.EMAIL:(pastor_frankleo@informaticos.com) Kindly reconfirm to him the following below information:
Your full name___________
Your address________
Yur country__________
Your age_______
Your occupation______
Your Phone number_____________
Your Sex__________
Your City_________
Note that if you did not send him the above information complete, he will not release the he has to be sure that it is you. Ask him to send you the total sum of ($2.5m )USD CASHIER’S CHEQUE ,which I kept for you. Note also that I will not be reached by email or phone for now because I am currently away in Japan for investment purpose with my share and I will be busy till about six months time or a year.Best Regards,Barrister Joe Mac

Inmate hacked prison network, broke into employee database

The guy who did this sounds like a life time criminal.

“According to The Boston Globe, Janosko was arrested in 2005 on child pornography charges after investigators discovered nude photos of children on his cellphone. It was the third time he faced such charges, The Globe reported. He was listed as a Level 3, or high-risk, sex offender in Massachusetts in 2005.”

“A former prison inmate has been arrested and charged with hacking the facility’s computer network, stealing personal details of more than 1,100 prison employees and making them available to fellow inmates.

Francis G. Janosko, 42, gained access to the names, addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers and telephone numbers of employees working for the Plymouth County Correctional Facility in Massachusetts, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday in US District Court in Boston. Using a thin client that was connected to a prison server, the prisoner was able to access an employee database by exploiting a bug in legal research software made available to inmates.”

More here

I just hope that other prisons look into how this happened and make sure it doesn’t happen to them.

Another Fedex Scam

I am sorry to encroach into your privacy through this manner; we have a certified cheque of $300,000 in our custody that belongs to you. This cheque was brought to my desk last week by a lady who gave us your e-mail address to contact you on the delivery. We wait your response soonest.
Email:fcourier61@yahoo.co.co.uk
FedEx

THE CHEVRON/TEXACO OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION.

*** SCAM***************************************
THE CHEVRON/TEXACO OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION.

You have been selected in the on-going Chevron/Texaco award held this
November 2008. We the promo board are pleased to inform you that you
alongside four(4) other lucky winners have been approved for a payment
of $1,000,000.00 USD. (One Million Dollars) in cash.
If you did receive this email, it means you are one of the five(5)
lucky winners. Your verification number is: (CT-222-6747,FGN/P-900-56).

CLAIMS PROCESSING OFFICER:
Name:Barr.James Ben
Email: barrjamesben07@live.com
Phone: +234 702 563 8587

You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information
as soon as possible:
1.Name:…………………………………………….
2.Address:………………………………………….
3.Marital Status:…………………………………
4.Occupation:……………………………………….
5.Age:……………………………………………..
6.Sex:……………………………………………..
7.Nationality:………………………………………
8.Country Of Residence:…………………….
9.city/state………………………………
10.Telephone Number:…………………………..
11.Fax Number:…………………………………….

We are glad to have you as one of our luckly winners.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Rose Wood.
Online Co-ordinator.
END OF YEAR PROMOTION!!!
*******************SCAM

Security Team of Barack Obama

Dear Secret Service,

Thank you for the fine work of protecting President George W. Bush. Regardless of my personal disagreements with about 90% of his administrations actions I wish nothing beyond a very irritating groin rash on the man who has been my president from 2000 – 2008.

I hope that you can do the same thing for President Obama. I am certain you’ll be proactive in your security techniques. I am definitely not questioning whether or not you are good at your job.

As an American citizen I just ask that you go one step further by looking at potential insider threats. I’m not trying to promote some sort of conspiracy theories or anything and I certainly don’t have any reason to believe that your current staff is stocked with traitors of the American Republic. I’m just pointing out potential threats.

To let harm befall such a great American who has become a symbol of hope for people around the world would be a serious blemish on YOU.

p.s. Congrats on the Win, President Obama

derad: Malicious “Security Warning” Popups

Here is some good quick advice from my fellow blogger Debra Radcliff:

Panda Security reports increased spread and success of popup “security warnings.” These warnings popup when people surf the Web and hit a malicious or infected Website, and keep flashing their warnings until the user goes to the link, at which time they get infected.

No legitimate security company would do this to a computer, so don’t click the link. Instead, disconnect from the Internet, clear your browser history and restart your computer. If your browser is still flashing warnings, the system will need to be disinfected through anti-virus or a computer restoration service.

Usually these false security warnings are a symptom of something much worse. I’ve had some that will actually not allow you to do much of anything but click on the link in their fake pop-up. What I did was a system restore, but you can also boot in Safe mode and attempt to clean the system.