The old wisdom said “Don’t trust any e-mail or attachment from someone you don’t know.” Unfortunately, your friends are pretty likely to click any old link they receive from anywhere, so be extra suspicious of suspicious e-mails from people you do think you know.
Last week, friends of Kyle and Kelly Peron got a disturbing email that appeared to be from the couple, a husband-and-wife magic act. It told of trouble overseas, claiming that the two had been mugged while vacationing briefly in the Phillipines. “We’ve been to the Embassy and the Police here but they’re not helping issues at all and our flight leaves in few hours from now but we’re having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won’t let us leave until we settle the bills,” the email pleaded. “Please, let me know if you can help us out?”
If the email had been from the Perons, it would have been some serious magic—seeing as they were at home in the Philadelphia area at the time. Like many people who use social media to promote their businesses and keep in touch with colleagues and customers, the Perons’ personal information was easily converted into a bit of social engineering that could fool the less skeptical.
The email, which asked for the pair’s friends to wire $2,500 by Western Union to the couple at an address in Manila, turned out to be an example of the latest mutation of the sort of friend-stranded-overseas scam that has run rampant through Facebook for years. Because of new password recovery schemes and other counter-fraud schemes being used by Facebook to prevent the social network from being used directly by fraudsters, the new modus operandi is much more subtle—and much more difficult for those being impersonated to stop. And once a scam’s been exposed, they quickly move on to another target.
via Suspension of Disbelief: magicians’ friends targeted by new phishing scam.
It’s a one-day-only event, but it’s a start.
The Internet Society, an organization dedicated to the good of the Internet, is organizing “World IPv6 Day” on June 8 of this year. Web giants Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, with a combined one billion visitors per day, are participating by enabling IPv6 for their main services that day. Content distributors Limelight and Akamai are also joining the party by enabling their customers to participate. But unlike during the IETF IPv6 experiment, IPv4 won’t be turned off.
via Tech giants to enable IPv6 on “World IPv6 Day” in June.
Arbor Networks surveyed IPv6 adoption in the summer and found less than a tenth of a percent of all traffic used IPv6, “almost below the threshold of what we could measure,” according to Craig Labovitz, the chief scientist at Arbor Networks.
via IPv4 Address Exhaustion Not Instant Cause for Concern with IPv6 in Wings – IT Infrastructure – News & Reviews – eWeek.com.
It’s easy to forget, or be ignorant that, anything posted to the Internet will probably be publicly available forever after.
A program written by Ron Bowes, a security consultant at Skull Security, scanned all the listings in Facebook’s open-access directory and then compiled a text file that lists the information he uncovered. That data potentially exposes some Facebook users’ birthdays, addresses, phone numbers and more — but only because they chose not to keep those details private.
“All I’ve done is compile public information into a nice format for statistical analysis,” Bowes told the BBC. He explained that he had simply accessed the same information that’s available to search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo — or the countless white-pages services available online.
Facebook users should also be aware that after they have changed their privacy settings, their old profile pages may still be publicly available because they are often stored (or cached) by search engines.
via FOXNews.com – 100 Million Facebook Users Learn True Meaning of Going Public.