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(WorldNetDaily)   Computers at the RNC were infected with spyware by the FBI and held ransom for $200 ATM cards. Noticeable absent from article: the culprits weren't actually the fuzz   (wnd.com) divider line 45
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2012-09-04 01:17:08 AM
I've had to clean that virus off of a friend's computer. Turned on your webcam and everything. He was convinced it was the FBI.

Of course he's got MS and his brain doesn't work quite right anymore.
 
2012-09-04 01:32:45 AM
So Obama is pulling a Nixon? He's a better Republican than the Republicans are!
 
2012-09-04 02:33:04 AM
Officials with Geek Squad,

Jesus, really?
 
2012-09-04 07:24:54 AM
Seemed pretty clear to me it was a scam and not the FBI.
 
2012-09-04 07:53:19 AM

Relatively Obscure: Officials with Geek Squad,

Jesus, really?


LOL!

Sorry man... That just cracked my shiat up.
 
2012-09-04 08:23:43 AM
bloggingbiblically.files.wordpress.com
Was allowed to "download research" on RNC computers.
 
2012-09-04 09:10:36 AM

labman: Seemed pretty clear to me it was a scam and not the FBI.


Well, the closest it comes to saying it wasn't the FBI was some random guy quoted as saying ""The FBI is not taking money from you, or wanting any money from you in that manner." - not "This is not the FBI talking to you through your laptop." And given that most WND readers believe anything on their computer screens with a least 3 fwds: in the subject line and that Obama has already personally implanted them with tracking devices, then subby's headline gets to be much more reasonable.
 
2012-09-04 09:25:18 AM
It then demands that the user purchase a pre-paid debit card for $200 and enter the card number so the "fine" can be paid and the computer unlocked.

I hope the people responsible for this crap get trapped in an elevator with Chris Christie overnight and end up cannibalized.
 
2012-09-04 09:46:29 AM
One of the other attorneys at my firm got it on his machine. We have no idea how it got there.
 
2012-09-04 10:02:38 AM

RexTalionis: One of the other attorneys at my firm got it on his machine. We have no idea how it got there.


99% of the sources of computer viruses break down into one of 3 categories: skeezy porn sites, skeezy gambling sites, or opening email attachments from people you don't know.

I'd bet on it being porn.
 
2012-09-04 10:09:08 AM
It's funny how when you have something to lose, you get tricked into the dumbest shiat. If you're afraid of having a criminal record or going to jail, you send these people the $200 because you don't want your friends and family to find out that you've been a bad boy.

But if you're like me, you don't give a shiat. Lock me up. Write down on some piece of paper somewhere that I did something. See if I care.
 
2012-09-04 10:26:21 AM
Computers at the RNC were infected with spyware by the FBI and held ransom for $200 ATM cards. Noticeable absent from article: the culprits weren't actually the fuzz spam-loving Nigerians

FTF subby
 
2012-09-04 10:34:28 AM
Computers at the RNC were infected with spyware by the FBI and held ransom for $200 ATM cards. Noticeable absent from article: the culprits weren't actually the fuz

I'm going to guess the culprit was a male-prostitute website for the Tampa area.
 
2012-09-04 10:38:52 AM
Clearly Obama is behind this. It looks like the Nigerians have some competition from the Kenyans.
 
2012-09-04 10:39:43 AM
NGTRTFA. No clickies for WingNutDaily. I've tried Google and the only hits that look even remotely related are TFA and a CNN site that is blocked at work ("Sex", WTF?) Is there a source for this that's actually credible?
 
2012-09-04 10:42:50 AM

Because People in power are Stupid: [bloggingbiblically.files.wordpress.com image 600x400]
Was allowed to "download research" on RNC computers.


Dude, what happened to Lemmy? Get that man off the tea and back on the hooch!!!
 
2012-09-04 10:44:17 AM

impaler: Computers at the RNC were infected with spyware by the FBI and held ransom for $200 ATM cards. Noticeable absent from article: the culprits weren't actually the fuz

I'm going to guess the culprit was a male-prostitute website for the Tampa area.


"Buy this card or we will publish the video of you pounding off to the webcam you were on last night"

/We built that.
 
2012-09-04 10:45:15 AM
"The FBI is not taking money from you, or wanting any money from you in that manner."

Nicely done.....you targeted your virus to a population too farking stupid to not already know this.
 
2012-09-04 10:47:08 AM
Yeah, because if the FBI was really going to extort money from citizens in a blatantly illegal fashion, the first thing they would do is identify themselves as FBI agents.

I bet the WorldNutDaily writers think strippers really like them, too.
 
2012-09-04 10:49:13 AM
"The FBI is not taking money from you, or wanting any money from you in that manner."

Nice qualifier.


/didn't see any mention that the thing actually took the card info and sent it anywhere. difference between prank and fraud. did see the "some people paid it" comment but it seems like a leap of faith to get to "and the money was credited to another account".
 
2012-09-04 10:50:06 AM
oh yeah, NOT SPYWARE. It's called a SPOOF.
 
2012-09-04 10:50:29 AM
"the culprits weren't actually the fuzz"

But I hope the Executive Branch doesn't get any ideas from this.
 
2012-09-04 10:50:35 AM
Old people generally aren't very good with computers.
 
2012-09-04 10:52:57 AM
FBI warning about the scam malware

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/august/new-internet-scam/new-int e rnet-scam 

Link

/the plot of Neil Stephenson's book REAM DRE seems relevant
 
2012-09-04 11:05:03 AM

Karac: RexTalionis: One of the other attorneys at my firm got it on his machine. We have no idea how it got there.

99% of the sources of computer viruses break down into one of 3 categories: skeezy porn sites, skeezy gambling sites, or opening email attachments from people you don't know.

I'd bet on it being porn.


To make it 100%, the fourth category would be "remote security holes from unpatched OSs". I don't use AV software because I don't need it. Never fooled by emails or IM conversations. Never gone to shiatty web sites that give me spyware. Always de-clicked on "Install this BS" checkboxes from various legit software. Always updated my OS.

/AV software gives you a false sense of security
//it's not going to save you from that last couple of points, either
 
hej
2012-09-04 11:05:46 AM

Endrick: I've had to clean that virus off of a friend's computer. Turned on your webcam and everything. He was convinced it was the FBI.

Of course he's got MS and his brain doesn't work quite right anymore.


Reminds me of a friend/ex-coworker that placed a snip of electrical tape over the front facing camera on his smartphone. He was concerned that he would be monitored by his carrier and/or law enforcement.
 
2012-09-04 11:13:08 AM

hej: Reminds me of a friend/ex-coworker that placed a snip of electrical tape over the front facing camera on his smartphone. He was concerned that he would be monitored by his carrier and/or law enforcement.


that is a capability on some of the software used by FBI,CIA and NSA

as for whether or not they are particularly interested in YOU is a whole other question.

but it is certainly possible
 
2012-09-04 11:15:23 AM
So basically, this is sort of a malware version of that email I got the other day offering the secret to have all the sex I want, with any woman I want, no matter how fat, old, ugly and broke I am.
 
2012-09-04 11:18:28 AM
That's what you get for clicking on the links in those RE: FW,FW,FW,FW emails.
 
2012-09-04 11:19:46 AM

LectertheChef: So basically, this is sort of a malware version of that email I got the other day offering the secret to have all the sex I want, with any woman I want, no matter how fat, old, ugly and broke I am.


They're selling cocaine via email now?
 
2012-09-04 11:22:11 AM

hej: Endrick: I've had to clean that virus off of a friend's computer. Turned on your webcam and everything. He was convinced it was the FBI.

Of course he's got MS and his brain doesn't work quite right anymore.

Reminds me of a friend/ex-coworker that placed a snip of electrical tape over the front facing camera on his smartphone. He was concerned that he would be monitored by his carrier and/or law enforcement.


Don't tell him about the time Yahya Ayyash borrowed Kamil Hamad's cellphone.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahya_Ayyash
 
2012-09-04 11:25:09 AM

Vlad_the_Inaner: FBI warning about the scam malware

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/august/new-internet-scam/new-int e rnet-scam 

Link

See, the FBI is behind it! Its right there on the FBI website.

 
2012-09-04 11:31:11 AM

LectertheChef: So basically, this is sort of a malware version of that email I got the other day offering the secret to have all the sex I want, with any woman I want, no matter how fat, old, ugly and broke I am.


No, not at all. That e-mail is legit. Trust me.
 
2012-09-04 11:32:50 AM

SixPaperJoint: Because People in power are Stupid: [bloggingbiblically.files.wordpress.com image 600x400]
Was allowed to "download research" on RNC computers.

Dude, what happened to Lemmy? Get that man off the tea and back on the hooch!!!


That's not Lemmy although their breath is compatible.
 
2012-09-04 11:47:04 AM
Oh God they went to the Hillsboro, Kansas Star-Journal for their source. That's so awesome and scary at the same time.

Hillsboro: Making McPherson look important since 1884.
 
2012-09-04 11:53:30 AM
Dang lawyers have gone high tech...
 
2012-09-04 11:59:42 AM

Relatively Obscure: Officials with Geek Squad,

Jesus, really?


Well, that just made my morning...
 
2012-09-04 12:17:19 PM
Maybe they should stop going to Porn sites. Highly doubtful the FBI would release your computer for anything as small as $200 anyway. Besides, we have to balance that budget some way and what better way than going after people who hate taxes. See, no new taxes, but you'll pay none the less.
 
2012-09-04 12:20:11 PM
anongallery.org
 
2012-09-04 12:23:14 PM

Relatively Obscure: Officials with Geek Squad,

Jesus, really?


Oh come on you can't be serious...

[clicks]

Unfarking believable.
 
2012-09-04 01:20:23 PM
Dear WingNutDaily:

4.bp.blogspot.com

Run.
 
2012-09-04 04:16:20 PM
Why is this on the politics tab, and not main? It doesn't seem like a political story to me.

ANyway, I guess the amusing/obvious/fail/facepalm part of the story is that what amounts to a major corporation (even if it only lasts a week) has such shiatty security that they let their network get infected with anything. The fact that this virus behaves the way it does is just icing on the cake.
 
2012-09-04 04:29:33 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: [bloggingbiblically.files.wordpress.com image 600x400]
Was allowed to "download research" on RNC computers.


Dude, Lemmy is a teabagger?
 
2012-09-04 05:28:29 PM
I've had an issue with this bug. It was a serious pain in the ass to clean up. And the 'FBI' logo that I saw was so incredibly sleazy and fake. Anything angled as if it's on the side of a NASCAR car is obviously not something that a law enforcement agency would use for their web presence.

I was pissed. But not for one second did I think that it had anything to do with the Federal government.
 
2012-09-06 05:04:54 AM

SineSwiper: I don't use AV software because I don't need it.


How do you know?

Considering the really low overhead of modern AV software (MSE, in particular) and the cleverness of bad guys, it's quite foolish to not use AV software regardless of your personal abilities.
 
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