Ken Kirby of pcmodhouse.com for the article he wrote on
The page Ken wrote got the most unique hits between the 1st of May and 31st of May – He will now be the proud owner of some Corsair XMS DDR2 Memory which will be winging its way to him soon.
Big thanks for taking part Ken. Techsupport.me.uk have really enjoyed some of the entries that were submitted and have found the contest quite refreshing. What this space for similar competitions in the future. Thanks everyone!
Do you have the April 1st Conficker worm?
The Conficker worm, sometimes called Downadup or Kido has managed to infect a large number of computers. Specifics are hard to come by, but some researchers estimate that millions of computers have been infected with this threat since January. If you are unable to reach certain web sites, you may be infected. In that case you will need to get to a computer that is not infected, download the Conficker removal tool and run it on the infected machine before new antivirus software. Symantec has created a detailed technical analysis of the threat here.
What does the Conficker worm do?
The Conficker worm has created secure infrastructure for cybercrime. The worm allows its creators to remotely install software on infected machines. What will that software do? We don’t know. Most likely the worm will be used to create a botnet that will be rented out to criminals who want to send SPAM, steal IDs and direct users to online scams and phishing sites.
The Conficker worm mostly spreads across networks. If it finds a vulnerable computer, it turns off the automatic backup service, deletes previous restore points, disables many security services, blocks access to a number of security web sites and opens infected machines to receive additional programs from the malware’s creator. The worm then tries to spread itself to other computers on the same network.
How does the worm infect a computer?
The Downadup worm tries to take advantage of a problem with Windows (a vulnerability) called MS08-067 to quietly install itself. Users who automatically receive updates from Microsoft are already protected from this. The worm also tries to spread by copying itself into shared folders on networks and by infecting USB devices such as memory sticks. Read more…
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I have recently being looking to get a memory stick which boots Linux, so that I can develop websites and write programs in a contained environment.
I purchased a 4 gig OCZ Rally2 USB drive from Amazon for £25 and tested several Linux operating systems, using the guides at www.pendrivelinux.com.
I also wanted to get Beryl (now Compiz) working on the stick. I tried Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy, 7.04 Feisty, 6.10 and 6.06 – however Compiz only partially worked on some of them and each were very slow to boot. Also my network card was only detected in 7.10 which seamed to hang on the grub loader then kick into life(bout 3 min boot time).
I then tried pendrivelinux’s version of Mandriva http://www.pendrivelinux.com/2008/02/13/pendrivelinux-2008-install-from-windows/ – the install was fast and painless and the boot time was 30 – 45 seconds which is great!
The best thing about this OS build was the amount of software already installed and all my hardware “just worked” on both my laptop and my desktop – even Bluetooth and wireless worked straight out of the box.
Compiz comes pre-installed too with Intel and ATI drivers, so all I needed to do was install the NVIDIA driver and I was all set!
I now find myself using the USB pendrive more than my installed operating system because of the speed and flexibility. Big thanks to www.pendrivelinux.com!
I had a call at work today from a company called Net Business Online. They were ringing me up out of the good of their own hearts!
They claimed that a gentleman in Swindon was trying to buy £1100 of domain names that were smiler to ours, with subtle differences – e.g. .eu.net .net and .tv
I was very suspect immediately, I thought (not because Im a pessimist) why would a company selling domain names ring me up saying that they were worried about them selling a product to some one else?
Maybe i was wrong but i decided to look the scam up and lone behold it was – have a read of Scam A here!
While I was playing with IPtables in Debian a colleague at work told me about someone who had made naighbours who stole his broadband have websites displayed in a very strange way!
What he did was, any MAC address that accessed his system that was unrecognised got their traffic manipulated!
Here is the link to the site, its really interesting!
This week at work as well as trying to get every music player online, Myself and a collegue got round to plotting the coordinates of each of our hotels around the world. Subsiquently the idea arose that we could use this in Google earth kml language! So we had a plasma installed in our office and set google to tour each of the sites.