In Canada we don’t get the FBI, NSA, CIA, Homeland Security, State Police, Local Cops or a myriad of odd agencies with dubious jurisdictions wanting to know much of anything regarding your computer server. In Canada you get one of two agencies 95% of the time, RCMP or CSIS, neither is good but both are better than the US alternatives that are often more interested in their goals than preserving your data.
What has been getting the attention lately has been around for over a year now and courtesy of the PRC (Peoples Republic of China). Few will come right out and say it but state based espionage is the bread and butter of China’s financial machine.. what you can’t develop, you steal.
The target of choice right now is Microsoft Small Business Server 2003. It’s a good OS and system but if compromised it can be difficult to detect, but here is something you can look for:
Examine the file with Notepad and at the very top do you see any ‘funny’ code? Something like this:
That code at the top.. that’s the signature that not all is right in your system. Who, what, how and all the rest I’m researching but your machine, though not compromised, is quite possibly working for the bad guys.
I’ll add a comment when I have a name and process for removing this beasty.
There’s a good chance if you’ve been reading or listening to the news you’ve heard tell of a mysterious group called ‘Anonymous’. They have no leader, answer to no one and for the most part are a complete enigma when one considers how groups work.
The group has been linked from topics as far ranging as ‘TitStorm’ in Australia (the attempt to block pictures of small breasted women) to the freedom uprising in Syria & Egypt with a collection in between. The US government has a few times been at both ends of the stick and a few over-inflated corporate egos (HB Gary, The Tea Party, Visa, PayPal & MasterCard to name a few) have had a good slap. You’ll want to read the Wikipedia article that covers some of their history.
So you might ask, why talk about this on LogicITy? I want people aware of something called ‘False flags’. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colours; that is flying the flag of a country other than one’s own. Governments and corporations do this regularly and it’s a mainstay in political battles. Malware often tricks you pretending to be from someone you would trust, this is the same principle.
Anonymous has uncovered some very sneaky and dirty stuff going on in the internet, it would serve some governments and corporations to have you not listen to what they have to say. I’m suggesting you listen to that faceless group before dismissing them as hackers, cyber terrorists or punks.
Oh.. and don’t worry about FaceBook on November 5th.. Anonymous has never been about ‘shooting the messenger’.