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Sunday, August 31
c2it that I get scammed, kthx (BEWARE, MALICIOUS HOAX ALERT)

There's a particularly stupid hoax going around at the moment, but quite a dangerous one nonetheless, as it's been designed to look and feel almost exactly like the real legit site (except for a few choice spelling errors and bad grammar usage every so often, which is always the dead giveaway. BUT READ ON...)


Purporting to be from c2it (a legit electronic funds transfer service run by Citibank, the World's largest bank group), the form arrives inside an email and claims that someone has sent you money... In my case:

"C2it.com service would like to inform you, that you received money transfer from Andreas (andreas666@earthlink.net). Amount is $217. In order to receive that amount from c2it.com you have to register your ATM card to prove you are our customer.

Your e-mail is not registred [sic] with us, you need to setup account with us and verify your identity. Please fill this form to be enrolled to c2it.com service."


Now then, what makes this convincing (apart from the IMMEDIATE suspicion that an email asking for your credit card details should arise) is that this email uses all the existing c2it.com layout and imagery, looks like someone's gotten an email from c2it.com legitimately and they've nicked all of the HTML from the email source.


The form that sends all your info off points to http://211.193.190.42:65085/cgi-bin/c2it.php... Obviously NOT a c2it.com domain. If you go to 211.193.190.42:65085 you get "Index of 211.193.190.42". The SamSpade tools report that the IP address is based in Korea at the "Asia Pacific Network Information Centre" in Australia. Have a dig about with the tools for yourself using the IP address: http://www.samspade.org/t/?a=211.193.190.42.


Erm... That's not right. And surely a SECURE service should use a secure HTTPs connection...


Now, obviously this ain't legit. However, what I am proposing is that everyone click on the link below, which I generated by filling out the form in the email with random crap values, and spamming their database with it just to piss them off. I'm also going to report this email to c2it, unless they already know about it, as they can help solve the problem by adding text to the images that are linked to in the email and putting something like HOAX EMAIL in there instead :D ... That's quite effective.



If you want to see what the email looks like, click here for a screenshot of:

     1) What the email looks like in your email client
     2) What the email headers look like in Outlook
     3) What the HTML looks like (image)
     4) The actual HTML of the email (.txt format)

... Just so you know what to look out for. :)


So if you get this email, go delete it straight away, tell all your friends about this page so they can avoid the credit card fraud trap, and then go click that link and spam the hell out of their database. USERS UNITE! :D



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Suspect 'surprised' by effect of net virus

BBC NEWS - "Suspect 'surprised' by effect of net virus"

The bloody muppet. O well, he's a CS player. Nuff said really. Look, here he is:






...... whoateallthepiesMWAHHAHAHHAHAH :D

Ah well, gotta give the kid props for helping to totally mess up Microsoft, he's good in my books :D :thumbsup:

O look, the totally (un?)biased MSNBC site reported this too. Look, look I say! It's true!... And not a word of bias. Of course. :rolleyes:



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Saturday, August 30
Hark! Who is that, prowling through the mini-mall parking lot!

What Is Your Battle Cry?

Hark! Who is that, prowling through the mini-mall parking lot! It is Christopher, hands clutching a mighty sword! He grunts thunderously:

"I'm going to punch you into a new dimension of pain!!"

Find out!
Enter username:
Are you a girl, or a guy ?

created by beatings : powered by monkeys




... What's your Battle Cry? :D



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"I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book."

Woooooo! The Random Groucho Marx Quotes Page!

Go read and reload and reload and reload, tis very good. 8)



Dragged out of Christopher's memory and pasted
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eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeensy teeeeensy weeeeeeensy little space

Well now, whaddya know? A web site that even my connection can load instantly. That's kinda neat.

Recommend you use Magnify though; this site's bloody tiny, even for my likings. :)

guimp.com - the world's smallest website.



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Tuesday, August 26
OMGHI2U!

Netcraft: YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE REQUIRED

DEAR SIR/MADAM:

I AM MR DARL MCBRIDE CURRENTLY SERVING AS THE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE SCO GROUP, FORMERLY KNOWN AS CALDERA SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, IN LINDON, UTAH, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I KNOW THIS LETTER MIGHT SURPRISE YOU BECAUSE WE HAVE HAD NO PREVIOUS COMMUNICATIONS OR BUSINESS DEALINGS BEFORE NOW.

MY ASSOCIATES HAVE RECENTLY MADE CLAIM TO COMPUTER SOFTWARES WORTH AN ESTIMATED $1 BILLION U.S. DOLLARS. I AM WRITING TO YOU IN CONFIDENCE BECAUSE WE URGENTLY REQUIRE YOUR ASSISTANCE TO OBTAIN THESE FUNDS.



.... OMGHI2U MISTER SPAMMER PLZ2GOKTHXBAI!!!!!11111!!!1!1111!!!
(grtz to JeffK)

... anybody who falls for that has to be bloody naive and bloody short-sighted in equal measure to go for that one.



Dragged out of Christopher's memory and pasted
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Saturday, August 23
Weird Links is a Bizarre Index of Weird Websites

"The Weird Links web site cannot be explained... You have to see it for yourself"



...Indeed. But seriously, do check it out - some weird fuxored up business goin down on that site. Makes for a never-ending entertaining read, every time :D

Check out the Weird Links.com ish man!



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Friday, August 22
Colin! You're back!

I had a quiet chuckle to this. Nice to see that not everyone in the US considers Bush & Co. untouchable. ;)


From TheUSNews.com, 18th of August 2003 Edition



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Thursday, August 21
Cripes.

Blimey charley, it's been a while since I've blogged my brain out.

Well, tomorrow I head off to High Wycombe for a nice 4-day LAN party, courtesy of LANSe - well looking forward to this. Should be a good one :D... And in the meantime, I'm pondering paying for Blogger Pro. Hmmmmmm... I still prefer Blogger to any of the run-yourself scripts like MoveableType or GreyMatter, cause I can't run any of these fancy MySQL databases with custom names or anything, right hassle.

Oh well. That's to be debated wi' meself some other time, for now: I'm off to do something random, which will probably involve eating a yoghurt and drinking a cup of tea, though in what order I will not divulge. Ooooooo, risky. ;)



Dragged out of Christopher's memory and pasted
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Tuesday, August 19
Could it be? Prithee, is it sooth or sage?

True or false: Christopher is getting broadband in a month


Answer: (drag over to see)

TRUE.








Weird huh - after 4 years of forced modem use thanks to the incompetence of the government, local council and Telewest not cablin my bloody road - the only one in the village not to get cable - I'm moving to a rented house while our new house in Buckingham gets sorted out, and we'll be able to get aDSL there.


My life is saved. :D Now I can start crawling into the 20th century, never mind the 21st ;)



Dragged out of Christopher's memory and pasted
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Some links!

Gotta get
some of those.