The RCMP Computer Scam
Reported by Canadian residents, the RCMP computer scam is a type of ransomware (see also “scareware”) where a pop-up window informs the user that the computer being used has been found to be “associated with child pornography” by the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) or CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service). The user is asked to pay $100 dollars (via Ukash) to have the computer unlocked.
The FBI Computer Scam
In the United States a similar scam warns residents that the FBI’s Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section has “identified the user’s IP address as visiting child pornography and other illegal content.” Victims are then instructed to pay a $100 fine to the US Department of Justice, using prepaid money card services.
The RCMP and FBI scams are a variant of Citadel malware.
- Citadel Malware
Citadel Trojan is malware created by a malicious code generating program. Citadel was designed to steal personal information, including banking and financial information, from its victims. The Citadel Trojan, based on the Zeus source code, constructs a botnet consisting of a large number of infected computers. The attacker can execute malicious code on an infected […]
- SwiftKey Keyboard
An Android app that replaces the touchscreen keyboard on your Android smartphone or tablet with one that provides accurate autocorrect and predicts your next word before you press a key. SwiftKey learns as you use it to make corrections and predictions based on the way that you write and can learn from your Gmail, Facebook, […]
- a Personal Storage Table PST File
A PST file, or personal storage table (.pst) file, is a Microsoft Outlook Data File that stores a user’s Outlook data for POP3, IMAP and web-based mail accounts, including all mail folders and the items within the folders, such as emails, email attachments, to do items and appointments, contacts and more. Personal storage table files […]
- OpenStack Grizzly
The follow-up to the Folsom release of the OpenStack open source cloud computing platform, OpenStack Grizzly debuted in April 2013 as the seventh release of OpenStack (and was itself succeeded by the Havana release in October 2013). With OpenStack Grizzly, the OpenStack Foundation has focused on adding broader support for compute, storage and networking technologies […]
- Bluetooth 4.0
A new version of the Bluetooth wireless device-to-device technology that offers significantly lower power consumption than previous versions. Also referred to as Bluetooth Low Energy, Bluetooth 4.0 achieves its reduced power consumption by enabling devices to remain paired, or connected to each other, without requiring a continual stream of data to be transferred between the […]