Posts Tagged ‘scam’

Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Virus (beat the Ransomware scam)

November 16, 2013

There’s a new ransomware internet virus doing the rounds. DON’T PANIC A bit of background first then I’ll tell you how to deal with it and protect your computer (and you don’t have to pay me a penny :DD ).

These ransom scams first appeared two or three years ago and hijacked computers whose owners then would get a phone call demanding a payment to clear the virus (the virus was merely annoying, how the scammers obtained people’s phone numbers is what we should be concerned about.

The warnings were dire. “If you do not pay the virus will wipe you hard drive”, “the virus will obtain your bank details and empty your account”, the virus will bill your credit card up to your limit”.

Several people, friends of family, friends of friends, brought their computers to me, they could not afford the ransom (good thing they didn’t pay it, the scammers just demanded more) and found the computer shops wanted only a little less to clean the computer.

Cleaning the first one took about an hour and a half. Subsequent ones were much quicker. And I ended up a couple of bottles of good whisky and half a dozen bottles of my favourite Burgundy better off.

Then an even more unpleasant version came out, I actually caught this one myself through sheer carelessness. The message on screen was “From Los Angeles Police Department.You have been looking at we sites with illegal content (child pornography). Your computer will be frozen until you pay us $1000. If you do not pay you will be arrested and thrown into jail,” (something like that anyway, it was a particularly inept attempt to intimidate me, I hadn’t been looking at any porn sites, LAPD have no jurisdiction in the UK and no police department in the free world would be so stupid as to provide an electronic record of a bribe solicitation.

The virus used by that scam was kids stuff, a piece of cake. Took ten minutes to kill it.

People are so intimidated by technology however, some fall for these tricks.

Here’s how the new ransomware is reported in The Daily Telegraph

” Internet fraudsters are targetting tens of millions of British customers with a virus which locks computers until the victim pays a £500 ransom to be released, the National Crime Agency warned today.

The spammers are particularly aiming the virus – known as ransomware – at small and medium size businesses. It is disguised as an email alert about suspicious payments or invoices.

Once opened the virus ‘freezes’ the computer and the local network and demands two Bitcoins of internet currency – approximately £536 – to unlock the machine.

The NCA described the ‘mass spamming’ event as a ‘significant risk’.

A NCA spokesman said: “The emails may be sent out to tens of millions of UK customers, but they appear to be targeting small and medium businesses in particular. ”

Now one of my beefs about the way technology has been going is the constant push to convince us the machines are smarter than we are. Leave the thinking to the machine goes the corporate propaganda. DON’T fall for it, do not open suspecious emails, do not open email attachments even from people you know, unless you are expecting them.

Machines can’t think, machines aren’t dumb, they are machines, they do what they are built or programmed to do. The best way to protect yourself from these scammers is to learn a little about your computer.

(1) Learn to start in “Safe Mode”. Use your Windows Help feature to find out how on your system. Safe Mode stats Windows with a very limited set of drivers so viruses and malware cannot run.

(2) Check that your machine has an application named MRT.EXE which should be included in every Windows installation sold since 2009. MRT is the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool. Once you have found it you should open it and run an update. MRT is not virus protection, it is a backstop for machines that are already infected so don’t abandon your usual security package. Also, now you know you have MRT, keep it up to date, about once a month is enough.

If you have a bit of time to spare and feel like running MRT just to find your way around it, set it off and take the dog for a walk or something. It is not a quick process but might root out a few nasties your normal security missed. To run MRT click the Windows START button, choose RUN from the menu and in the dialog box type mrt.exe then hit RETURN.

OK so now you are equipped to get behind that virus and clean your machine.

If you find that the virus merchants have found a way to block MRT even in safe mode, we’re still OK. When you start in safe mode it gives several options, the default will show a very clunky looking Windows front end. Another option with say “Start in command more” or something similar. This takes you to the old DOS command line screen.

from the C:(directory)> prompt, type RUN c:WINDOWSSTSTEM32MRT.EXE and hir RETURN. Simples. The directory shown after the C: will be whatever directory you are working in, usually Documents and SettingsUser

OK, let’s get out there and beat those scammers.

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Now Even The IPCC Admits CO2 Driven Global Warming Was A Scam

December 14, 2012

Now Even The IPCC Admits CO2 Driven Global Warming Was A Scam

Breaking news from the US – via Watts Up With That?: a leaked draft of the IPCC’s latest report AR5 admits what the brighter lights amongst us have ben saying for a very long time: that the case for CO2 driven, man-made global warming is looking more shaky all the time and that the sun plays a much more significant role in “climate change” than the “scientific consensus” of a billionaire, two baldie men and a bunch of rent – seekers has previously been prepared to accept.

Here’s the killer admission:
Many empirical relationships have been reported between GCR or cosmogenic isotope archives and some aspects of the climate system (e.g., Bond et al., 2001; Dengel et al., 2009; Ram and Stolz, 1999). The forcing from changes in total solar irradiance alone does not seem to account for these observations, implying the existence of an amplifying mechanism such as the hypothesized GCR-cloud link. We focus here on observed relationships between GCR and aerosol and cloud properties.

Why is this a game-changer? As the person who leaked the document explains, :
The admission of strong evidence for enhanced solar forcing changes everything. The climate alarmists can’t continue to claim that warming was almost entirely due to human activity over a period when solar warming effects, now acknowledged to be important, were at a maximum. The final draft of AR5 WG1 is not scheduled to be released for another year but the public needs to know now how the main premises and conclusions of the IPCC story line have been undercut by the IPCC itself.

Over to you, members of the Global Totalitarianism Cult.

We can all look forward a session of ROTFLOAO as we read their convoluted lies and ridiculous attempts to suggest that “one report does not disprove the case” (although if you remember it was one report from the IPCC on which the whole case was built).

We can be certain the responses will not include any apologies for the lies, misrepresentations, accusations that climate science sceptics are child murderers, mea culpa confessions of willful idiocy or admissions that those of us they said “can’t understand the science” were right all along because we did understand the science and saw right through the holes in it. No, I think it will be fear and panic spreading, scaremongering, rent – seeking, Nobel Prize grubbing business as usual for the great Climate Change Ponzi scheme. Because as Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals tells us, “The end always justifies the means,” and the end is advancing the Marxist global tyranny agenda.

Are governments and utility firms using bad science to rob us?

November 20, 2012

A new report issued under the radar by the UK Meteorological Office shows there has been no increase in the average global temperature for sixteen years. So why are governments pressing ahead with green energy schemes? Could it be the whole thing was a scam to justify imposing punitive carbon taxes. I told you so.
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Governments and Corporations Using Bad Science To Rob Us

New Green Energy Scam As Blatant As Mighy Wind Fiddle

October 15, 2012

Little Nicky has always informed you that the wind power industry was a scam, a snouts – in – the – trough carve up between dodgy businessmen, corrupt tax eaters and power crazy politicians. But your friend nicky who is never wrong must admit to having slipped up on this one. You see I have always said run of river hydro electric schemes were the way to go.

So is Little Nicky’s cloak of infallibility slipping? Well no, I merely underestimated how corrupt and venal the people running the country and those with their snouts in the trough of tax money actually are. Generating hydro electricity is relatively easy so even a property developer or a banker ought to be able to manage such a venture. but why bother when the government will help you pick the taxpayers pocket and violate their human rights at the same time. next to the green con men medieval robber barons look like Salvation Army workers.

Prime minister “call me Dave” Cameron has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford, according to published data one of the world’s top ten universities. One might be forgiven for thinking then that he would understand property rights are a cornerstone of liberty and security throughout our civilization. Wiser political thinkers than Dave understood this a long time ago.

The Virginia Bill of Rights, a precursor to the US Declaration of Independence contains these words:

That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

Here’s Samuel Adams, one of the signatories of the U S Declaration of Independence on the same subject:

The Natural Rights of the colonists are these: first, a right to life; second, to liberty; third to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can.

Finally and most robustly is the godfather of liberalism, the philosopher who inspired them all, John Locke:

Whenever the legislators endevour to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience,…

So when we consider what is happening throughout the free world, why are we not out in the streets protesting at they way our property is being stolen from us in the name of “saving the planet”, and at the same time kicking the crap out of the occupy protesters (not to further our rebellion you understand but just for the fun of it?)

Time for a pitchforks and cudgels, time to invoke the memory of Wat Tyler and Dick Puddlecote. The theft of our property rights being made lawful by our notionally “Conservative” prime minister as the continues his desperate bid to suck up to the Euronazi Brussels bureaucratic dictatorship, the United Nations and the globalist, totalitarian, scientific dictatorship lobby. Dave tried to position his rickety coalition as the “greenest government ever”, and now finds himself being held to ransom by a bunch of unelected bureaucrats, authoritarian lefties and crooked scientists.

Principally Dave’s always dodgy government is a hostage of the ongoing renewables scam.

The wind farm industry is surely the worst offender. Some idiotic, green, obsessive – compulsive bell end complained the other day about a report that claimed wind farms reduce property values by between 25 per cent and 50 per cent. Actually, if anything, the scale of the problem was understated. Cases have been reported of properties being rendered unsaleable by their proximity to wind farms. Whatever the exact figure, 25 per cent or 100 per cent, I think those of us not in the pay of Mighty Wind or trotting out propaganda for the preposterous and devious QUANGO Renewable UK would agree that the very last thing we’d want on our doorstep (or on the ridge a hundred feet above our house in my case) would be a wind farm. Few people would ever dream of buying a property near one.

Not a single one of the wind farms blighting Britain would have been built without state incentives (in the form of Renewable Obligations Certificates, Feed In Tariffs, and legislation which makes it very hard for communities to prevent wind farms being built in the area)because without an intravenous drip of taxpayers money they are not commercially viable. We can confidently assume therefore that wind farms represent a wanton assault by the state on property rights. We have been deprived of the right to protect our property because “saving the planet” trumps any logic when we try to object to some money grubbing tax eater putting up a 350 foot tower with a thirty ton turbine perched on top of it at the end of our gardens. Such confiscatory measures “for the common good” belong to the “socialist” regimes of Uncle Joe Stalin, Chairman Mao and Pol Pot. From a Conservative- Liberal Democrat Coalition such tyranny is an outrage.

But it’s not just Mighty Wind industry which is involved in this scam. A lead story in the Spectator recently reporting on the UK hydro power industry which turns out to be very nearly as damaging, duplicitous, unpleasant, corrupt and underhanded as its evil twin Mighty Wind.

Many of you probably thought that hydro-electric power represented the acceptable face of “renewable” energy. I did until I read Pippa Cuckson’s article in the spectator. The story reveals hydro to be yet another taxpayer-subsidised feeding trough for rent-seeking scumsuckers, a technology which produces next to no electricity and which – just like wind farms – causes immense damage to wildlife. Now I don’t give a damn about a few dead fish, not about the birds and bats taken out by wind turbines. But remember, o my brothers and sisters, the fuss from the greenies when there was a proposal to build a conventional gas power station on scrubland that is a breeding ground for the two toed toad. As always different sets of rules apply to things the left approve of that those they don’t like.

The section of Ms. Cuckson’s expose that should concern us is her anecdote about Nottingham Angling Club – which in 1982 forked out £150,000 for the fishing rights to a one and half mile stretch of the river Trent above a weir which is now about to be converted to hydropower. The quality of their fishing will almost certainly diminish.

There are stories like this from all over the country, Whether its wealthy fly fishing enthusiasts who’ve paid a fortune for a prime stretch of trout stream or an ordinary working man’s club like the one in Nottingham, people are going to suffer as a result of this state-sponsored drive for renewables. Ironically the places where these run of river hydropower schemes are being approved their is neither enough depth in the river nor enough fall to provide the kind of pressure which would make the scheme commercially viable without the feed in subsidy from taxpayers. In paces where geography indicates a hydro scheme would be viable the objections that prevent it going ahead come from the green lobby, because of course the human rights of the Two Toed Toad, the Chocolate Coloured Corncrake and the Brazilian Chuff must take priority.

As with wind power, the only reason these hydropower schemes are going ahead is because the government subsidies and incentives funded by us poor taxpayers for those greedy and cynical enough to get their snouts in this latest trough of cornucopean income. So again, what we have here is a clear case of the state arbitrarily confiscating people’s property rights (and money) because of its desire to be seen paying lip service to the green religion while in reality keeping party donor happy with big bungs of tax money.

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