Daily Archives: Friday, 14th October 2011

Something a bit phishy about this…

We’ve all seen the dodgy emails pretending to be from banks, PayPal, and various other organisations, which are usually pretty bad attempts to steal your credentials and subsequently your money. In my line of work, I’ve seen some (really very badly done) emails with zipped trojans attached. Our mail filtering services blocks those quite nicely, though.

But today, I got something slightly different:

Very Phishy

Very Phishy

OK, it’s from a business I wasn’t previously aware of, but unlike most of the bad attempts, it’s addressed to my actual name, not to “dear customer” or anything like that. It’s neatly formatted and looks quite real. It’s only if you take the trouble to hover your cursor over any of the links that you’d be sure that it’s not what it seems:

Looks nasty

Looks nasty

Yup, all the links are pointing at a zip file, which is hosted on a different domain from the one they appear to be pointing to. A quick bit of searching produced an article from Sophos which talks about this exact message. The zip contains a trojan that would do nasty things if run on its target platform, Windows, which remains the most popular target for this kind of thing.

While I’ve seen similar attempts in the past, this is one of the most real looking I’ve seen.

Just a reminder that we all need to be alert – this one got past GMail’s normally very effective spam filters, presumably because of its similarity to a genuine order acknowledgement.

Sophos report

Weight and Stuff Report – 14 October 2011

Weight: 221.2 pounds (15 stone 11.2 pounds, 100.3 kg)
Exercise: New phone happy dance?

Up just a wee bit today. No walking because I had a rare “work at home” day, which reminded me that when I should do that more often, especially when I want to get some actual work done with no noise and better coffee. And I actually spent more hours doing work stuff than I do in a normal day at work, oddly enough.

There was a good reason for working at home today – I was expecting something to be delivered, and once I knew the delivery date, I cunningly booked the annual service on my central heating boiler for the same day. And quite remarkably, it all worked according to plan – the boiler was serviced, and the delivery turned up as expected. And here it is:

Open the box!

Open the box!

Yes, it’s my new phone  :tigger: The iPhone 4S which is replacing my iPhone 3GS, which has worked very well for me.

I’d been expecting to have a new one earlier in the year, but as Apple decided to confuse everyone by not bringing out a new model in June or July, I decided to wait. My waiting ended a week ago, when I was able to place an order. So what’s in the box?

Contents

Contents

Yes, it’s the usual stuff: USB to dock cable, power plug, minimal instructions, the traditional Apple stickers, the usual headset, the shiny SIM removal tool and a shiny new phone. I went for the white one this time, and went for the maximum 64GB storage model, which seemed like a good idea.

I’ll be having a proper play with it later, and giving that improved camera a proper test too. but for now, here’s a closer view with another camera visible

Shiny!

Shiny!