After initial reports suggested that anyone using Android Sky TV apps should uninstall them following a hack attack by the Syrian Electronic Army group, Sky have issued a statement refuting this requirement.
More information here: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/sky-s-android-apps-hacked-users-advised-to-uninstall-until-its-safe-1154507
It’s a scary headline and probably unlikely, but for a few hundred thousand people around the world it may be a reality on July 9th 2012.
This relates back to a Malware infection from last year which corrupted DNS settings on computers that were exposed and not protected by decent anti-malware software. DNS stands for Domain Name System, which in English basically means a conversion system when you enter a website address in your internet browser. So for example when you enter www.google.co.uk into your browser the DNS service converts this to numbers in the background, an IP address, which is 18.104.22.168 and other computers then know which page you want delivered to your screen. If this is corrupted then you entering the google address might deliver a page you weren’t expecting.
If your anti-malware is up to date it is highly unlikely you have been infected but there is a website where you can check, http://www.dcwg.org/ There is some more background information and a button to click which gives links to check your system, such as http://www.dns-ok.us/
If you check and have a problem or are worried you might have a virus or malware please don’t hesitate to drop me a line here or give me a call
Something that has been going on for quite some time now…. the phone rings and you are informed that unfortunately there is a problem with your computer. This “problem” has been miraculously detected from some far flung corner of the world and only the cold caller has the solution! Er yeah right…. Quite often the caller will say they are representing Microsoft to make them sound more official.
The next step is to get you to turn on you computer (did they not know it was turned off???) and then check something called the event viewer. To the uninitiated the contents of the event viewer can look rather daunting and confusing, which is where the caller comes to your aide…. Clearly you have a virus…. Er yeah right once more…
Bogus bogus bogus… Pure scam to get you to allow someone to access your computer remotely, install their own malware or extract credit card details to pay for their “help”.
The bottom line is, if you get one of these calls, end the call.
If you have been unfortunate enough to have been caught out by these charlatans please give me a call, drop me an email or post below and we can remove any nasty things they may have left behind.
This article from The Guardian way back in July 2010 shows how long this has been going on…
If you use LinkedIn might be worth changing your password since their site has reportedly been hacked and a few million passwords leaked….
One to be aware of….. If you have any doubts please get in touch to put your mind at ease.