Friday, May 07, 2021

How one phony vaccine website tried to capture your personal information

 Bowral of Dirty Jane 

According to the dictionary, "fool"

refers to someone stupid,

or someone naive, or not very bright.

Although we already know that working man,

honest person, people that follow the rules,

end up also being synonyms of fool.

But one day the abuse us fools are used to

turns into a real kick in the balls.

Until you say: "Enough".

And you find yourself doing something you never thought you could

Heroic Losers

Christian Porter wants ABC’s ‘entire defence’ thrown out, court told

How one phony vaccine website tried to capture your personal information

Tech Republic – “In a news release published Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland revealed that it had seized a website called Allegedly the site of a real biotechnology firm developing a COVID-19 vaccine, it was actually set up to collect personal data from visitors and use that information for fraud, phishing attacks and malware. Anyone who now browses to the site will see a message that the domain name has been seized in accordance with a warrant. When the site was up and running, its homepage displayed logos for Pfizer, the World Health Organization and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, all in an attempt to appear legitimate. To reel in users, the site included a menu to select your city and an Apply button that would download a PDF to your computer. You’d be encouraged to fill out the PDF and then upload it back to the site, allowing the criminals behind this attack to capture your personal data. Based on analysis by Homeland Security Investigations, the domain name was registered on April 27, 2021, using an IP address in Strasbourg, France, though the listed registrant country was Russia. By seizing the site, the state of Maryland not only prevents people from accessing it but stops third parties from taking over the domain name and using it to commit other crimes…”

LawSites - The Lawyers of Substack – “This week, David Lat, who founded the blog Above the Law in 2006, and who earlier, in 2004, started the anonymous blog Underneath Their Robes, and who left blogging two years ago to take a job as a legal recruiter, is returning to writing as a full-time livelihood. But this time, Lat will not be publishing his writing on a blog. Instead, he will be publishing a newsletter on Substack, hoping that enough subscribers ante up $5 a month to support him in his craft. As someone who gained near-celebrity status in the legal world through blogging, Lat’s choice of Substack for his return to full-time writing may seem surprising. But, as he explains, he likes that Substack’s subscription model allows him to make a living without the need to generate millions of pageviews or clutter his writing with annoying ads. If you are not familiar with Substack, it is, depending on what you read, either the salvation of publishing or its ruination. Its model of making it easy to publish and monetize newsletters has drawn big-name writers to its platform, many of whom have left jobs with mainstream publications in the hopes of making a living – or, even better, of making a killing – as independent authors…”

The Verge: “A new report from The Intercepthas shed light on a worrying new technology that lets law enforcement agencies extract personal data from people’s cars. It reports that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently made an order worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from Swedish data extraction firm MSAB which included iVe “vehicle forensics kits” made by US firm Berla. Here’s what MSAB advertises the kits can do, according to The Intercept:

MSAB marketing materials promise cops access to a vast array of sensitive personal information quietly stored in the infotainment consoles and various other computers used by modern vehicles — a tapestry of personal details akin to what CBP might get when cracking into one’s personal phone. MSAB claims that this data can include “Recent destinations, favorite locations, call logs, contact lists, SMS messages, emails, pictures, videos, social media feeds, and the navigation history of everywhere the vehicle has been.” MSAB even touts the ability to retrieve deleted data, divine “future plan[s],” and “Identify known associates and establish communication patterns between them.”…