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2012-06-03 04:51:50 PM
Some folks are easily led, and social engineering is, so far, a fairly profitable crime.
 
2012-06-03 05:17:21 PM
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2012-06-03 05:17:53 PM
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2012-06-03 07:39:44 PM

FormlessOne: Some folks are easily led, and social engineering is, so far, a fairly profitable crime.


Social Engineering?

It's called a "con" and there ain't a new one under the sun. Computers are just the latest version of communication and CP the new communist leaflet.
 
2012-06-03 07:53:24 PM
Step 1: Download child pornography.
Step 2: Create computer virus that convinces people they looked at child porn.
Step 3: When you get busted for child porn claim it was all a virus.
 
2012-06-03 07:55:38 PM
We gave you the snake for free, the oil is going to cost though
 
2012-06-03 07:59:42 PM
I'm amazed they didn't go for a higher amount than $100.
 
2012-06-03 08:02:56 PM

peteloaf: Step 1: Download child pornography.
Step 2: Create computer virus that convinces people they looked at child porn.
Step 3: When you get busted for child porn claim it was all a virus.


Ah, the Pete Townshend defense.
 
2012-06-03 08:05:32 PM
The success of this scam rests upon the assumption that the victim DID view child porn. What are the odds?

$100 is low enough that the panic-stricken guilty "victim" won't stop to think about it. "PLEASE, Gawd, just make this go away and I SWEAR I'll never do it again!" click.
 
2012-06-03 08:14:40 PM
Some music for you while you fark...

Secretly plotting your demise
 
2012-06-03 08:23:55 PM
There are still a lot of really stupid people on the internet

I haven't noticed.
 
2012-06-03 08:42:13 PM
Is it me, or is it that possession of child porn is prone to be used as a political tool? Just slip a file to a computer, open it a couple of times as if it was the user, and then claim it was that person.
 
2012-06-03 08:51:28 PM
I must say, that's absolutely brilliant. Take the one offense in society where you must preface your remarks with "I don't condone it", combine that level of guilt, shame, and irrepressible desire to sweep it under the rug with the stupidity of internet users...well...
www.bored383.com
 
2012-06-03 08:56:24 PM
How do you convince people that they've paid a fine?
 
2012-06-03 09:15:36 PM
graphics8.nytimes.com
 
2012-06-03 10:27:11 PM

BarkingUnicorn: The success of this scam rests upon the assumption that the victim DID view child porn. What are the odds?


99% of internet users look at porn. Who among us can swear that absolutely everyone in all the pictures/movies we've ever downloaded were over 18?

tira: I must say, that's absolutely brilliant. Take the one offense in society where you must preface your remarks with "I don't condone it", combine that level of guilt, shame, and irrepressible desire to sweep it under the rug with the stupidity of internet users...well...


Agreed. I don't generally condone preying on the stupid, but this particular scam does have a certain charm to it.
 
2012-06-03 10:35:14 PM

BarkingUnicorn: The success of this scam rests upon the assumption that the victim DID view child porn. What are the odds?

$100 is low enough that the panic-stricken guilty "victim" won't stop to think about it. "PLEASE, Gawd, just make this go away and I SWEAR I'll never do it again!" click.


well, considering that even back in the day when porn was mostly produced by actual production companies subject to regulation and review people under 18 slipped through now and then, i would estimate that the odds of any random person on the internet having seen some child pornography approaches 100%.
 
2012-06-03 10:35:29 PM

peteloaf: Step 1: Download child pornography.
Step 2: Create computer virus that convinces people they looked at child porn.
Step 3: When you get busted for child porn claim it was all a virus.


ooh ho ho hooooo my... that's crazy enough it just might work.

/can it be repurposed to look like it only downloads pictures of my exes?
 
2012-06-03 10:36:55 PM
People this stupid should just buy a Mac.
 
2012-06-03 10:43:36 PM

BarkingUnicorn: The success of this scam rests upon the assumption that the victim DID view child porn. What are the odds?

$100 is low enough that the panic-stricken guilty "victim" won't stop to think about it. "PLEASE, Gawd, just make this go away and I SWEAR I'll never do it again!" click.


Be honest now - you've never clicked a link expecting something sexy and instead getting an image that you really, really didn't want? Jesus, even late nights on TFD could sometimes get you a faceful of "WTF! NOO!"

I can see how this would scare the average Joe.
 
2012-06-03 10:59:52 PM

doglover: Social Engineering?

It's called a "con"


Not sure if troll.

Link
 
2012-06-03 11:01:18 PM

BarkingUnicorn: The success of this scam rests upon the assumption that the victim DID view child porn. What are the odds?

$100 is low enough that the panic-stricken guilty "victim" won't stop to think about it. "PLEASE, Gawd, just make this go away and I SWEAR I'll never do it again!" click.


Reminds me of Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels' Arse Intruding Dildos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjj8eMNxivM

And, of course, antivirus scams that have been around forever. A pop-up(or actual application) that claims to have found a virus, then promps you to pay for the service/program to remove it.
 
2012-06-04 12:22:26 AM

peteloaf: Step 1: Download child pornography.
Step 2: Create computer virus that convinces people they looked at child porn.
Step 3: When you get busted for child porn claim it was all a virus.


And sadly, people HAVE been sent to prison over a virus downloading child porn to their pc's.
 
2012-06-04 01:56:10 AM
That is so cool.

The stupid should be required to pay a stupid tax. It's just like the Mormons in good standing tithing.
 
2012-06-04 02:18:54 AM

wildcardjack: peteloaf: Step 1: Download child pornography.
Step 2: Create computer virus that convinces people they looked at child porn.
Step 3: When you get busted for child porn claim it was all a virus.

Ah, the Pete Townshend defense.


Let my love open the door?
 
2012-06-04 02:58:34 AM
So I have a question (it's about a different virus, but let me know if this is to off-topic): the Flame virus is said to be able to log keystrokes and take screenshots. How is it supposed to deliver this information to the people who designed it?
 
2012-06-04 03:27:05 AM

fusillade762: So I have a question (it's about a different virus, but let me know if this is to off-topic): the Flame virus is said to be able to log keystrokes and take screenshots. How is it supposed to deliver this information to the people who designed it?


Magno-telepathy.

Seriously though, you do know many apps upload info to the internet without input, right? It's not so hard to imagine a virus could be programmed to dump the thing or send out an email(which many viruses do).
 
2012-06-04 03:42:06 AM
There's been a virus doing the same thing in Germany for a couple years now. Both of my kids got it on their computers despite having AVG installed. The biatch of it is that it brings up a screen when the computer starts up that blocks you off from windows which raises the difficulty level in getting rid of it.
 
2012-06-04 06:11:14 AM

YouBWrong: There's been a virus doing the same thing in Germany for a couple years now. Both of my kids got it on their computers despite having AVG installed. The biatch of it is that it brings up a screen when the computer starts up that blocks you off from windows which raises the difficulty level in getting rid of it.


I've met ones like that a few times, booting from an OS install disk, going into 'repair my computer' and enacting a restore point from prior to the infection is usually enough to put the kibosh on it. There was one variant that resisted that (it also made the effort to wipe out the restore points when it settled in), that one was a lost cause. Firefox+Adblock plus tends to be enough to prevent them from getting in since its ads on sketchy sites that they climb in through, oh and those stupid facebook bait links that go to something that looks like a video but claims you need to upgrade your flash player to see it.

Its disappointing that despite their age this sorts of malware is still able to get through your typical antivirus/malware software.
 
2012-06-04 06:17:01 AM

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Be honest now - you've never clicked a link expecting something sexy and instead getting an image that you really, really didn't want? Jesus, even late nights on TFD could sometimes get you a faceful of "WTF! NOO!"


I've seen honest-to-blog child porn while going on fusker sites.

Not going there anymore.
Fusker sites are really hives of scum and villainy. I don't want to get sent to jail because some cops would find the pictures of some guys vacation in Thailand in my cache.
 
2012-06-04 08:40:22 AM

padraig: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Be honest now - you've never clicked a link expecting something sexy and instead getting an image that you really, really didn't want? Jesus, even late nights on TFD could sometimes get you a faceful of "WTF! NOO!"

I've seen honest-to-blog child porn while going on fusker sites.

Not going there anymore.
Fusker sites are really hives of scum and villainy. I don't want to get sent to jail because some cops would find the pictures of some guys vacation in Thailand in my cache.


You might want to destroy that hard drive
 
2012-06-04 10:42:04 AM
People who fall for that one are probably dumb enough to fall for this:

WARNING! We have removed your kidneys while you were sleeping. If you want them back, make a PayPal payment of $100 HERE, and then go take a nap. When you wake they will be back in your body.

Do not ignore this warning! If you fail to make the $100 payment, you will DIE due to lack of kidneys! This is a serious warning! Pay the $100 ransom, and go to sleep, and everything will be alright.
 
2012-06-04 12:28:03 PM

ZeroCorpse: People who fall for that one are probably dumb enough to fall for this:

WARNING! We have removed your kidneys while you were sleeping. If you want them back, make a PayPal payment of $100 HERE, and then go take a nap. When you wake they will be back in your body.

Do not ignore this warning! If you fail to make the $100 payment, you will DIE due to lack of kidneys! This is a serious warning! Pay the $100 ransom, and go to sleep, and everything will be alright.


Holy crap

What's the paypal address man "HERE" doesn't work. I NEED MY KIDNEYS FOR DRINKING!
 
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