Monday, September 10, 2018

Hoax virus rumor about Donald Trump's health; "young people will win" find imposters trying to sell things with fake accounts

I’ve gotten messages on Facebook warning me of pictures online showing Trump collapsing from a stroke, as email attachments.
Fact-checking site Snopes says this is a hoax.

However it’s obvious that you shouldn’t open an attachment from an email (Of uncertain source) purporting to have a politically provocative image (like “Baby Trump”) or document.

The “plaid shirt guy” Tyler Linfesty advises everyone that his ID has been spoofed by people trying to sell things.  If you get an email or see a post from anyone of the “young people will win” crowd trying to sell products, it’s a fake account.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

"Playpen" case shows government can use malware to set up a sting

There has been some recent attention by the Electronic Frontier Foundation to malware generated by the FBI to exploit a Mozilla vulnerability and record URL’s visited by a visitor.  It seems to be acquired P2P. 

This malware may have come through P2P channels, but in a child pornography prosecution called Playpen, it has resulted in searches of users home computers, possibly in violation of the Fourth Amendment.  EFF’s strike page on the Playpen case with discussion of the malware is here. 
What sounds scary is that a foreign enemy could use the same exploit to possibly frame individuals for c.p. access.