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February 27, 2010

This is totally legit...

Going through my spam folder looking for a boarding notification, I ran across this email.  Will Nigeria ever be taken seriouslyFor those uninitiated in the world of internet scams, 419 is the Nigerian penal code reference for various types of fraud.  If there were some sort of gold medal in fraudulent activity that was somewhat humorous at times, Nigeria would win every year.  If for some reason, you have been taken in by a scam such as this, a great resource is the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), which is a US Government office that is a point of contact in resolving these sorts of issues.  This is certainly not a new phenomenon, but almost a welcome change from all the v1agra spam.

From Federal Bureau Of Investigation Sun Feb 14 11:02:04 2010
From:        
"Federal Bureau Of Investigation"<robert@fbi.gov.us> 
Subject:         ***Mail From The FBI
Anti-Terrorist and International Fraud Division
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
Seattle, Washington.
Telephone/Fax Number: (206) 426-2866

Attn: Beneficiary

This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly completed an Investigation with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you legally won the sum of $850,000.00 US Dollars from a Lottery Company in the United Kingdom. During our investigation we discovered that your e-mail won the money from an Online Balloting System and we have authorized this winning to be authentic and paid to you via a Certified Cashier's Check. Normally, it will take up to 10 business days for an International Check to be cashed by your local bank. We have successfully come to an agreement this company on your behalf that funds are to be drawn from a registered bank within the United States Of America so as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $850,000.00  US Dollars has been deposited with Bank Of America.

We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive the winning prize as we have verified the entire transaction to be Legitimate, Safe and 100% risk free of scams and frauds of any nature, due to the fact that the funds have been deposited at Bank Of America you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the lottery claims agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located at the liaison office of the Lottery Company in Seattle-Washington. According to our discoveries, you are required to pay for the following:

(1) Deposit Fee's (Fee's paid by the lottery company for the deposit into an American Bank which is - Bank of America)
(2) Cashier's Check Conversion Fee (Fee for converting the Wire Transfer payment into a Certified Cashier's Check)
(3) Shipping Fee's (This is the charge for shipping the Cashier's Check to your nominated destination)

The total amount for everything is $299.99 (Two Hundred & Ninety Nine United States Dollars & Ninety Nine Cents). We have tried our possible best to indicate that this $299.99 should be deducted from your winning prize but the funds have already been deposited at The Bank of America and cannot be accessed by anyone apart from you the winner. Therefore you will be required to pay the needed funds to your lotto claims Agent in-charge of this transaction via Western Union Money Transfer Or Money Gram. The payment will NOT reflect at the Bank of America with the given transaction code(EA2948-910) until you have covered the processing fees needed.
In order to proceed with this transaction, Click Here (lmj@gala.net) to contact your claims agent Mrs. Louise Major .You will be required to call her for verbal verification and e-mail her with the following informations:

FULL NAME:
FULL MAILING ADDRESS(INCLUDING CITY/STATE/ZIPCODE):
AGE/SEX/OCCUPATION:
CONTACT PHONE NUMBERS(CELL & HOME):

You will also be required to request Western Union details on how to send the required $299.99 in order to immediately ship your prize of $850,000.00 US Dollars via Certified Cashier's Check drawn from The Bank of America, Also include the following transaction code in order for her to immediately identify this transaction : EA2948-910. This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $299.99 ONLY to your claims agent via the information in which she shall send to you upon your request, if you do not receive your winning prize of $850,000.00 US Dollars we shall be held responsible for the loss and this shall invite a penalty of $3,000 which will be made PAYABLE ONLY by you (The Winner).


Robert Mueller
Federal Bureau Of Investigation

 

 

419 scam

(Photo courtesy of Dan Mogford on Flickr)

Open the extended posting for the full text.  Some hostname and ip addresses have been removed to protect the innocent.

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***Mail From The FBI
Sunday, February 14, 2010 3:02 AM
From Federal Bureau Of Investigation Sun Feb 14 11:02:04 2010
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Anti-Terrorist and International Fraud Division
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
Seattle, Washington.
Telephone/Fax Number: (206) 426-2866

Attn: Beneficiary

This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly completed an Investigation with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you legally won the sum of $850,000.00 US Dollars from a Lottery Company in the United Kingdom. During our investigation we discovered that your e-mail won the money from an Online Balloting System and we have authorized this winning to be authentic and paid to you via a Certified Cashier's Check. Normally, it will take up to 10 business days for an International Check to be cashed by your local bank. We have successfully come to an agreement this company on your behalf that funds are to be drawn from a registered bank within the United States Of America so as to enable you cash the check instantly without any delay, henceforth the stated amount of $850,000.00  US Dollars has been deposited with Bank Of America.

We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive the winning prize as we have verified the entire transaction to be Legitimate, Safe and 100% risk free of scams and frauds of any nature, due to the fact that the funds have been deposited at Bank Of America you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the lottery claims agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located at the liaison office of the Lottery Company in Seattle-Washington. According to our discoveries, you are required to pay for the following:

(1) Deposit Fee's (Fee's paid by the lottery company for the deposit into an American Bank which is - Bank of America)
(2) Cashier's Check Conversion Fee (Fee for converting the Wire Transfer payment into a Certified Cashier's Check)
(3) Shipping Fee's (This is the charge for shipping the Cashier's Check to your nominated destination)

The total amount for everything is $299.99 (Two Hundred & Ninety Nine United States Dollars & Ninety Nine Cents). We have tried our possible best to indicate that this $299.99 should be deducted from your winning prize but the funds have already been deposited at The Bank of America and cannot be accessed by anyone apart from you the winner. Therefore you will be required to pay the needed funds to your lotto claims Agent in-charge of this transaction via Western Union Money Transfer Or Money Gram. The payment will NOT reflect at the Bank of America with the given transaction code(EA2948-910) until you have covered the processing fees needed.
In order to proceed with this transaction, Click Here (lmj@gala.net) to contact your claims agent Mrs. Louise Major .You will be required to call her for verbal verification and e-mail her with the following informations:

FULL NAME:
FULL MAILING ADDRESS(INCLUDING CITY/STATE/ZIPCODE):
AGE/SEX/OCCUPATION:
CONTACT PHONE NUMBERS(CELL & HOME):

You will also be required to request Western Union details on how to send the required $299.99 in order to immediately ship your prize of $850,000.00 US Dollars via Certified Cashier's Check drawn from The Bank of America, Also include the following transaction code in order for her to immediately identify this transaction : EA2948-910. This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $299.99 ONLY to your claims agent via the information in which she shall send to you upon your request, if you do not receive your winning prize of $850,000.00 US Dollars we shall be held responsible for the loss and this shall invite a penalty of $3,000 which will be made PAYABLE ONLY by you (The Winner).


Robert Mueller
Federal Bureau Of Investigation
                                                                
NOTE: In order to ensure your check gets delivered to you ASAP, you are advised to immediately contact Mrs. Louise Major via contact information provided above and make the required payment of $299.99 to information in which she will provide you.
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The information contained in this email message is legally privileged and confidential information intended solely for the use of the intended recipient(s). If you are not the intended recipient(s), any distribution, dissemination, or reproduction of this email message is strictly prohibited.

February 24, 2010

Tracking Flatulence

I have been tracking the web traffic associated with my domain spectrox.com recently and was amused.  I was hoping that the bulk of the traffic would be associated with my blog (this site) and associated files, but that was not the case.  Back in 1994 I came across a text file that discussed the chemical composition of flatus (a fart for the uninitiated) in detail.  I moved that text file over to an html file and put it online in 1996 and didn't think much of it.  It turns out that this is a very popular search term.  You never know what people will want to search for on the internet.  Below is the picture from the Google Analytics site attached to this link. 

 Flatulence Google Analytics

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February 23, 2010

Rootkit security threats on Smartphones

Now that almost everyone has a Blackberry, Android, or iPhone, they are a tasty market for hackers trying to gain backdoor access to these smartphones.  The use of rootkits is increasing in this segment.  Rutgers Today has a great YouTube segment describing this threat.


 

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February 21, 2010

Another family member on the way.

We have a young one joining our family very soon... just not the human kind!  We took a trip to the Save A Spot Dalmatian Rescue in Turlock, California yesterday.  We met several wonderful dogs, but clicked with a sweet young Dalmatian that has had a very hard life so far.  He's just had several surgeries and is recovering with a foster family until we can come and pick him up in about two weeks.  He has already met our Son and Australian Cattle Dog.  What a sweet personality!

Here is a sneak peek from yesterday, just excuse the e-collar.

 

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February 16, 2010

8 Bit memories

When I was flying the day before yesterday, I was reminiscing about the days before the ubiquitous MP3, when the the Microsoft WAV and SoundBlaster VOC files were too bloated and the AdLib ROL files were too tinny.  At this sweet spot in time there was something beautiful called a MOD file.  These hybrid files were multichannel audio files that allowed samples to be played back in sequence as music through expensive sound cards of the time. I spent the summer of summer of '88 scouring FTP sites all over the Internet for precious MOD files.  At that point in time I was able to FTP them to a SunOS host that had a HUGE 56kbps circuit, then download them at 1200bps using ZMODEM to my super pimped out V20 based 10MHz XT clone system.  I was living large.    

 

It may seem silly now to kids that have 16gb flash based iPod systems, but it was a big deal at the time to generate sound from a computer that could only beep in a few tones.  Storage was a huge thing too, you could fit dozens of these on a 1.2Mb floppy disk (yes kids, we actually did use 5.25" disks).   

The thing that surprised me, is that there are a bunch of file repositories on the web that have archived these gems.   While I don't have a machine at my house that can run ScreamTracker properly, it turns out that WinAMP and XMMS have the ability to do playback on this format.  I'm going to queue a few up and take a time machine back 20 years. 

Hey Rod!

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February 14, 2010

Video Speed Test

I am always a fan of displaying information in a compact and accessible format.  Youtube has just launched a new speed test display that allows you to see how fast your broadband provider is compared with other providers in your geographic area based on their actual log data.  The ISP in my case is fairly low end, since it is a 3G cellular connection.

youtube speedtest

youtube speedtest 

Oh, and Happy Valentine's day everyone.

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February 07, 2010

Best. Homepage. Ever.

Eugene Hsu, if I had a job for you, I would hire you on the spot. Bask in the glory of my adoration. 

 Eugene Hsu

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February 02, 2010

Domain Parking Tickets

While domain parking is a popular method of generating income, sometime the results can be really foul.  The way this domain has been used is fairly distasteful.  However you weigh in on this whole situation, I think either side would be fairly disgusted.