Victim of some Facebook Phishing

Facebook.jpgToday I became a victim of some Facebook credentials phishing. I received an instant message from one of my Facebook contacts containing a video. When trying to play the video I got prompted to enter my Facebook credentials. After having done this … my credentials went into the wrong hands. And it became obvious that this video was not from my contact.
This happened on my smartphone. I believe on a PC this never would have happened to me because there are many means to cross-check urls and links and other things to detect a phishing. On a mobile device it is much harder. The login screen really looked authentic.
The result was: many dubious videos sent to all my contacts. In the meantime Facebook right away locked my account because they detect suspicious behavior. I also ( too late ) read the warning from my contact in Facebook from whom I had received the malicious message that her account had been compromised.
I unlocked my Facebook account by setting a new password and acknowledging a confirmation code; Facebook did a quiet good job to detect the problem and take me through steps to resolve. I then posted warning on my Facebook page and also sent warning messages to most of my contacts; luckily I have less than 100 Laughing
Interestingly my Chrome browser on one of my laptops later on insisted in downloading a Malicious Software Removal tool from Facebook, which right away was blocked by my virus scanner. This happened while Facebook was working fine in my Firefox browser. I found this very helpful hint here ( see comment # 3 in this lengthy article ) how to overcome this strange means and enable Facebook again in my Chrome browser.


My favorites for week 18, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout tail chasing and big fish

Let me show you some real silly comics this week from B.C. and Garfield which don’t need any further commentary…


NerdSomething to watch: my favorite video clip of the weekabout funny signs

The world is full of funny signs. And funny software error messages of course. Anyway, here is a nice compilation of funny signs in “weird things in the world ”:

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout a place in Lhasa

Potala Palace, Lhasa
"Potala Palace, Lhasa" by ddanforth.

My wife has been there in Lhasa a couple of years ago when she did a great hike from Jiri to the Mount Éverst Base Camp.

Surprise Something to surprise: my favorite "I really didn’t know this" of the weekabout internet crime in Germany

This morning in my newspaper …

Did you know that

  • 7 % of German internet users (= 3.5 million) already experienced their account data for one of their online services being stolen,
  • 5 % of German internet users (= 2.5 million) experienced some financial loss because of this,
  • 4 % of German internet users said they will stop shopping in the web because of the recent data theft case at Sony, 23 % feel unsafe now when using online services.

Source: “Allgemeine Zeitung for Friday, May 6th, 2011”, survey by Bitkom. Also I am reading on their German web site that 37 % of internet users share their password with someone else.

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout computers

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.

We could add: … once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is outdated and needs to be replaced.

My favorites for week 16, 2011

Big GrinSomething to laugh: my favorite comic strip of the weekabout Eastern

Happy Easter Weekend !

  Something to enjoy: my favorite photo  on flickr under a Common Creative licenseabout snakes

"4" Night Snake" by jbviper1.

Jerry B. aka jbviper1 has a nice collection of snake photos in his photo stream. Look at that beautiful Night Snake. Well, beautiful in some sense; I wouldn’t want to run into it actually, since I am a bit scared of snakes.

Something to talk about: my favorite quote of the weekabout writing

It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one’s thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.

… unless you write them down in your blog Big Grin.

Dear Firewall, stop asking me …

You know this: you have got a new computer with Windows Vista installed and certainly with a firewall like G Data Security Firewall and this thing starts bombing you with tons of questions whether you want to allow this and that – questions you actually don’t know how to answer right since in most cases it just throws a cryptic program name at you and you have no idea who started this ( was it me Embarrassed? ), what this piece of software is doing and who developed it.

This can look like this dialog ( in German of course, since I have a German copy of Windows Vista on my home computer; in this case the firewall is asking me whether I want to allow some guy called SoftwareUpdate.exe started by Explorer.EXE to open a outbound connection from my LAN ):

Who the hell is “SoftwareUpdate.exe” ? Who has launched this and how can I know whether this is something necessary for proper operation of my computer, wherher it is may be harmful or even dangerous ? Can’t this ignorant firewall ask its questions in a way that I can understand it ? Come on; i am the one supposed to make a decision here, how can I do this without knowing answers to those essential questions I have ?

Well, looks like this firewall software is not smart enough to phrase questions in a reasonable way. But, a closer look reveals there are options available to make ourselves a little smarter. See, “SoftwareUpdate.exe” is shown in blue color; isn’t that typically the color of a link to some more information ? Well, I admit, I found out by accident as well, even I am working with the internet for many many years meanwhile. I just did not expect a link showing up in some dialog box on my desktop.

Anyway, clicking on this link reveals some more information:

Does this help ? Not really, but there are more items offered to click on Disappointed. By clicking on “Gestartet von” ( “Started by” … how do you like these free German lessons, my dear English speaking reader ? ) we get to know who has started “SoftwareUpdate.exe”. And if we click on “Eigenschaften” (“Properties”) after selecting “SoftwareUpdate.exe” we see real interesting information:

We see where the program is located. The path name has some meaning for us: “Apple Software Update”, And we also see the same in the description (“Beschreibung”). Great. Since we believe Apple belongs to the good guys I think we can answer that question from our firewall with: “Yes, I allow that.” Before we do so we might verify by checking under “Digital Signature” that Apple really is the provider of this software, and we see there: “Apple Inc.”.

All good. Let’s see what the next question will be coming from the firewall in a few minutes, I guess …