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Computers, Internet cellphones -- they're all an absolute essential
ingredient of doing business, and a major convenience for most people.
The big problem is that the risks associated with these technologies
appears to be growing at a much faster rate than the benefits they
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If a hacker doesn't break into your PC or send you a nasty worm/virus/trojan
via email, chances are that your cellphone will fry your brain with unhealthy
levels of radiation.
Even Microsoft's new "Trustworthy Computing" initiative and their moratorium
on new feature development this month in favour of bug-hunting seems to have had
absolutely no effect on the level of risk.
I see in today's headlines that an IE bug leaves MSN messenger users wide
open to potential security breaches -- and what's worse, the "fix" released
on Thursday seems to have failed the company's own "Trustworthy" label and
had to be pulled. Not a good look and hardly something that inspires
confidence in the company's ability to carry out its promises (I did suggest
that they were perhaps way out of their depth on this one).
Of course cellphone users are not immune. Some models of Nokia mobiles can
be scuttled by a carefully crafted SMS message -- and now there's a rather
clever scam going down in the UK which has allegedly cost a few users a nice
chunk of change.
According to a warning I received this weekend, someone in the UK is sending
out bulk SMS messages that request the recipient to call a number (09011500065)
Apparently calls to this number incurs a much higher charge than normal
(apparently something like an 0900 number) and (here's the cunning bit) such
calls are automatically answered by a machine that plays a recording of the
busy tone. This usually results in the caller thinking the number was engaged
and trying again later. Of course they're charged for each call so the scam
is capable of raking in quite a bit of cash.
Enjoy your shiny new hi-tech toys -- but please stay on your toes.
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