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Friday, April 9, 2010

Trouble with Facebook and PDF

     I'm reading more and more on the net about examples of people's computers being hijacked used for malicious purposes, and the methods are getting more and more subtle.  And they are affecting more and more important groups.
     These virus attacks and computer hijackings are no longer matters of simple theft or infantile pranks.  They are beginning to affect world governments and are being executed by gangs of criminals.  All the real world bullying of the mobs and crime syndicates seem to have moved to the internet.
     The most common method we're seeing now is infection from seemingly safe sources.  Things like PDF files with malicious executables stored inside, that may or may not even need your approval to run.  Or even things as benign as Microsoft Office documents.  All of these things can contain scripts written in programming languages powerful enough to open back doors into your computer.  So, once again, if you don't trust where it came from, DON'T OPEN IT!  Is your personal information and identity important?
     And, as I've said before on this blog, Social Networking sites like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter are just gathering points for malicious activity.  But what's even worse now is that whole corporations are setting up systems where they can simply click a program and sign in, and they can have access to your entire web-life.  Being marketed as a means for your employer to keep you from breaching laws about selling sensitive inside information, new programs like Social Sentry, from Teneros, are being developed so that your employer has immediate and real-time updates to your actions and statements on the web.
     It is becoming increasingly clear that using these simple solutions for personal use is becoming less and less personal, and more and more public.  If you don't want the whole world to read it, then don't post it.  I've been hearing all over the news the past couple of days about this boy that is suing his mother for slander because of things she posted on his Facebook account in response to things he had posted.  No matter which side you take on this argument, the kid should not have posted things if he didn't want everyone to find out.
     So, as I've said before, be careful, and keep as much off the web as you can.  These are dangerous times, and not enough awareness is causing so many people to get into trouble.