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

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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…

BMD

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

“Holy Spirit” Infects Russian Computers

00 OOPS! Computer. 14.09.13

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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

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140115/186520190/Holy-Spirit-Infects-Russian-Computers.html

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…

BMD

 

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Friday, 3 August 2012

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

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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.

BMD 

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.

BMD

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