Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

24 October 2017. Porn Sites are Full of Malware and Viruses… Cybercriminals Know that Most Men Think With Their Balls, Not Their Brains


Last night, I came home to a computer with all sorts of dire messages posted on it. A geekly friend had warned me about such, and about how to get rid of them without paying off cybercriminals. Firstly, they have all sorts of warnings about calling a phone number, where a Microsoft-approved wallah would take of your problem (you get someone from Bangalore telling you that they’ll solve your problem for a “nominal fee of 100 bucks”). Of course, it’s a scam. I ran my defence software… it warned me to get off the page ASAP. This happened because my Nicky was cruising porn sites. Criminals like to attach malware, viruses, and Trojans to porn because they know that most men think with their balls, not their brains (as for me, I simply find porn boring and don’t access it… like most other women out there).

So, if your man gets you into this pickle, “control-alt-delete” and bring up the task manager. “End Process” on the browser. It normally ends your problem. You won’t be able to get him to stop cruising porn. That’s a given. What men find so pleasing about it is a mystery to me. However, be aware that most computer malware comes attached to porn. Have a good anti-virus/anti-malware software setup; it’ll normally foil most of the plug-uglies. Don’t be fooled by the messages. Criminals are liars… of course, they’re “approved by Microsoft” (in a pig’s arse). Keep vigilant… not only are there rum sorts about, your man won’t stop accessing porn. It’s a hazard of modern life…



Wednesday, 15 January 2014

“Holy Spirit” Infects Russian Computers

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In December, Kaspersky Lab reported that Russia outranked the USA, Germany, China, and Poland for the number of cyber-attacks on computers in 2013. Besides that, adding a spiritual dimension to the world of hacking, Kaspersky reported that a new Trojan virus emerged in Russia that locks computers and demands money for church repairs. Victims may feel the urge to pray if the malware hits their computers, which claims to act “in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”. More specifically, the Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Dapato.dggc virus claims that the last of the three aspects of the Trinity tells it to lock up user’s files. It promises recovery if one coughs up a donation, allegedly for church restoration. Russian beggars often use a similar trick in the non-virtual world; they dress up as priests and pretend to collect money for church needs. On Monday, Kaspersky Lab said that the Russian-language Trojan circulates as a .zip archive containing unspecified court documents allegedly intended for the user. The hackers behind the spiritual computer sabotage remain unidentified. The Church hasn’t commented on the allegedly pious malware at the time of publication. Allegedly, Russia’s undergoing a religious revival, as polls shoe the number of believers (but not churchgoers) skyrocketing in recent years.

14 January 2014



Editor’s Note:

However, do note that, historically, Russians have never been “weekly” churchgoers. Like it or not, religion is more a factor of identity and not belief… one is Russian, therefore, one is Orthodox. Nevertheless, don’t look down on this. Trust me, Russians who only go to church on Easter act more properly in sacred spaces than American “evangelicals” do… they “know” the etiquette and behave in a fitting way, mostly. Americans Born Agains have no sense of the sacred and holy, despite all their churchgoing and bible reading. To put the cherry on the sundae, the typical Russian has a real sense of their shortcomings and sins, whereas the American “evangelical” (and those influenced by such rotters) is a prideful self-centred pietistic brat proud of being part of the saved “little flock” (forever spouting scripture in a lunatic attempt to show everyone how goody-goody they are). If I had to choose, I’d choose the good folks who might not be so overtly religious… there’s nothing so putrid as smarmy pseudo-religion… and I’m not alone in thinking that…



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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

READ N’ HEED! Microsoft Sez Collaborative Viruses Can Sync To Fuck Up PCs

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Microsoft research assumes that two computer viruses that collaborate will be harder to clean from infected PCs. The pair of viruses foils removal by downloading updated versions of their malware partner. Once accidentally downloaded on a PC, the viruses allow hackers to take control over a machine and use it for saleable information or spamming. A blogpost by Microsoft malware researcher Hyun Choi illustrated this close interaction between the two viruses. Mr Choi explained that one often finds the two Windows viruses, known as Vobfus and Beebone, together. Vobfus was usually the first to appear on a machine, he said, and used different tactics to damage its virtual victims. Vobfus could install via booby-trapped links on a various range of websites, travel via network links to other machines, or lurk on USB drives and infect PCs that it’s plugged into.

Vobfus, which installs first, then downloads Beebone, connecting the machine to a botnet… a huge network of infected computers. Mr Choi said, after this, the two malware programs start working together to regularly download new versions of their virus-partner, thus, multiplying cybercrime. He said that was an effective mechanism that helped the virus remain sustainable on infected machines, explaining, “In the case with Vobfus, even if it is detected and remediated, it could’ve downloaded an undetected Beebone, which can, in turn, download an undetected version of Vobfus. The two threat families are intrinsically related”. Mr Choi stated that this “cyclical relationship” helped Vobfus become a persistent issue since 2009, when it first appeared. He explained that defeating the two viruses together was not easy, he said, because Vobfus was very good at travelling via networks. In addition to keeping software up to date, he recommended disabling the “AutoRun” feature on Windows machines, as Vobfus exploits this when it comes via USB drives. In addition, he said, people should be more attentive when they click links on external websites to avoid falling victim to booby-trapped URLs.

2 July 2013

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

Let’s keep it simple. DON’T CLICK ON EXTERNAL LINKS (hey, guys… that means the link with the image of the gal with the gigundo titties, OK?). That should help you a great deal. Secondly, talk to your geek… they can help you. They have the knowledge that you don’t have. Don’t fuck with your machine without talking with your geek first. You’ll probably screw things up worse. Trust me on this one.



Friday, 3 August 2012

3 August 2012. UPDATE on the Return… Machine Due Back Next Thursday… Posting to Resume


On Tuesday, Nicky and I descended into the belly of the beast… that is, we dared to enter the inner sanctum of the lair of the local geeks. We were in search of John, who had custody of the baby. It was quite ill, I’m afraid. It wasn’t fatal, to be sure, but it was still serious. John had to clean out the interior and then he informed me that he had to do more geekly pokings and jiggerings. He has to reload the OS, backup and wipe the hard disk, kick out some unfriendly viruses and trojans, and install a new “anti-virus that works”. Of course, this isn’t cheap, but what is, these days? Hey, we’re getting off with about 350 bucks, and that’s NOT overly bad, not for skilled technical work. I’ll say this, John explained everything in ungeekly language that anyone could grasp.

ETA for kicking off again is next Thursday, 9 August 2012. That’s the earliest, kids, until then, have a good one.


Update 9 August 2012:

John was as good as his word. The baby’s back… better than ever. There’s a few more minor kinks to work out, but that’s no biggie. I hope that you have as good a rapport with your friendly neighbourhood wonks as I did. Thanks, John, NaVada, and Larry… you keep this show on the road.


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