serial_crusher: Seems like a lot of work to compromise an individual machine.
Jon iz teh kewl: buy a Mac
Nick Nostril: Jon iz teh kewl: buy a MacI'd love one but I'm not into robbing banks.
iaazathot: I have customers that have fallen for this scam. It is simply amazing how stupid people are and completely understandable how countries fall under authoritarian dictatorships.
Porous Horace: These jokers called me a few times, couldn't understand when I told them I run OpenBSD, kept insisting that they found viruses. It was a good time to throw out a tirade of insults.
1. Put snakes on plane: Kline is a network administrator, the highest level in computer repair, software and virus detection.Reporters are so cute.
Bondith: This is new? I know of someone getting one of these calls over a year ago. Got one myself this past December. It took me three tries to work out what the fark he was saying (combination of shiatty line quality and exceedingly poor command of English). When I finally understood that he said he was a Microsoft tech, I flat out told him "You are not", swore at him for a bit and then hung up.A man claiming to be from the Windows Service Center called to say he had detected a malicious virus in her computer.Please. Everyone knows Winblows isn't that efficient.This is how I reported it to the fraud centre:At approximately 5:30 on Saturday December 17th, I received a call fromsomeone claiming to be representing Windows Online Tech Support. The calldid not connect immediately after I picked up, in a manner consistent withautomated calling centres. The man on the other end had a very poorcommand of English, and required a few rounds of back-and-forth to get hispoint across. I called into question the veracity of his claim andterminated the call. *69 reported the number as 585-***-****.
Phoenix87ta: Now I really want these folks to call me. I operate several Linux rigs, but there's no Windows to be found in my home.Also, FTFA: "Kline is a network administrator, the highest level in computer repair, software and virus detection."That's...complete and utter horseshiat. Way to go, journalist.
skinink: iaazathot: I have customers that have fallen for this scam. It is simply amazing how stupid people are and completely understandable how countries fall under authoritarian dictatorships.It's computers. The people aren't stupid, they just aren't good with them like some of us are. I'm amazed that people who have used computers for years still only know the basics of using one. It's not their fault.
Gwyrddu: Jon iz teh kewl: buy a MacBuying a Mac doesn't make you any less of an idiot that would fall for scams like this. Also, Macs are far from virus proof, it is just that people who write viruses (like everything else) don't bother to write them for Macs because they don't own a large enough share of the market. If everyone took your advice though and bought a Mac, they would soon be swamped with viruses.
rumpelstiltskin: The last time I had a Microsoft problem, I was sent to a Chinese helpdesk, not an Indian one. I like the Chinese much better; none of this "Hello my name is Vincent. It is OK if you have a doubt from where I am. I will do the needful" crap. The Chinaman just gave me some free licenses, and sent me on my way.
toforama: skinink: iaazathot: I have customers that have fallen for this scam. It is simply amazing how stupid people are and completely understandable how countries fall under authoritarian dictatorships.It's computers. The people aren't stupid, they just aren't good with them like some of us are. I'm amazed that people who have used computers for years still only know the basics of using one. It's not their fault.Ya know, I've worked with computers for years, used to collect certs and then got to a comfy position and stopped renewing my Cisco certs, yadda yadda, but I totally get the people who work with computers for years and can only do a few things with them. I've driven a car for 23 years but still prefer not to even think about changing the oil in it. I've used telephones for all my life but never cared about the switching technology behind them... well, until VOIP came into vogue. Computers are tools for most people, something to use for X, Y or Z and to not worry about for the rest. For some of us, they're a source of income and what we do even when we get off of work, but, yeah, to each their own.
St_Francis_P: "Microsoft computer is designed in such a way that if anything goes wrong it sends an electronic message," Walter said. "That is why it gets reported and that is why we are calling you."Yeah guy...but not to you. Just going from that it seems like fraud, plain and simple. Surprised they admitted complicity.
Good Luck, I'm behind 7 Pakistanis.
Jon iz teh kewl: why would u write a virus for a Mac? remember macs are for actual work. PC's are primarily for infecting
Ravage: I got a few of these calls several months ago. I work in the computer/network security industry so I played along for a bit. Part of their spiel was that the errors coming from my computer were affecting the performance of their servers. I acted very concerned and started asking questions about which of my several computers were causing the issue? What was the local source ip and NATed source ip? What was the ip of their server and I could run a tcpdump on my side to identify the malicious traffic? I offered to implement rules in my gateway firewall and host based firewall to prevent the outbound traffic that was negatively impacting their servers.They stopped calling.
Serial: These guys call me every once in a while. Sometimes I just hang up on them and other times I try to keep them on the line as long as possible. My record is keeping one guy on the line for about 90 minutes. Eventually it got to the point where he and his "supervisor" were screaming at me over the phone. They stopped calling for a good 6 months after that.
pippi longstocking: If someone calls you, or knocks at your door selling something or promising something...hang up or slam the door. Simple rules for life.
Gwyrddu: Jon iz teh kewl: why would u write a virus for a Mac? remember macs are for actual work. PC's are primarily for infectingYou act as if people don't write viruses for Macs when they in fact do. It just isn't as common because Mac's aren't as common as windows. But if I'm going to use an OS less virus heavy than windows, I'd still prefer to Linux over a Mac, especially since Linux is free.
ThunderChicken: 1. Put snakes on plane: Kline is a network administrator, the highest level in computer repair, software and virus detection.Reporters are so cute.I see that I'm not the only one in here that ended up with an eye twitch because of this article.
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