There are a few feactures Of Federal government taxation in Nigeria, along with an overburdened and at times lax penal system, which collude to make Nigeria one of the ideal places to run an advanced-fee scam. In fact, the common name for these scams – 419 scams – comes directly from the Nigerian Penal Code – section 419.
A new wave of spam hitting everybody’s inboxes takes the form of a welcome to one or another website and service, complete with temporary login information and a link to ‘change your temporary password’. The subjects all say some variant of “Login Information”, “Member Details”, “Registration Details” or, even, occasionally, “Internet Techincal Support” (sic). What they also all have in common is that if you click on that link, your computer will have just become a botnet pimp’s newest bitch.
Our friends over at SpamShield have come up with a really nifty use for Google maps – they have created a spam map – they call it “Spam World” – which maps where all the spam is coming from – around the world – in real time (well, updated every fifteen minutes).
The News Agency of Nigeria is reporting that Nigerian school children who are among some of the first recipients of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) laptops have used them to further their education, as intended – but perhaps not in a way that was intended. They are using them to surf explicit adult websites.
A company called Capgemini has been contracted to build an enormous online database of every single child in England, including their address and the telephone numbers. The database, called ContactPoint, is surely the stuff of which the wet dreams of hackers and online paedophiles everywhere is made.
Three men were sentenced and jailed in England this past week for using the Internet to incite acts of terrorism. Specifically, Younes Tsouli, Waseem Mughal and Tariq Al-Daour were sentenced to jail after pleading guilty to running a chat site on which they incited people to commit acts which amounted to murder, all in the name of Holy War.
Allofmp3.com, one of the top mp3 download sites in the world for people looking for mp3 mp3 downloads, allowing people do to an mp3 search of the works of thousands of popular artists, and then download the mp3s for as little as ten cents, has been closed down by the Russian government in a bid to gain membership in the World Trade Organization. Allofmp3.com was considered a barrier to entry for Russia, with what has been estimated to be the world’s largest collection of pirated music, all available as low cost and even nearly free mp3 downloads to Allofmp3’s 5.5 million customers.
A man in China has died after his Motorola cell phone exploded in his shirt pocket with such force that it broke his ribs, sending a shard of broken bone directly into his heart.
The mother of a Chinese journalist Shi Tao, who was jailed for ten years by the Chinese government after Yahoo cooperated with Chinese authorities and revealed Shi Tao’s identity and personal details to them, is suing Yahoo in U.S. Federal court.
Even if you know what are the Seven Wonders of the World, did you know that they are about to become the old 7 Wonders of the World (not to be confused with the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World)? Or that there is a vote going on for the new 7 Wonder of the World, and that there is now an 8th World Wonder? Like it or not it’s true, but thanks to the Internet you can cast your vote for the new seven wonders of the world, and your vote for the 7 world wonders actually counts! (The Pyramids of Giza now have honourary status, hence there now being eight wonders of world acclaim.)
While the U.S. attempts to keep GIs from blogging and posting video, not everyone has that restriction. Witness this hot-off-the-presses video, made with footage captured by a webcam mounted on one British Royal Marine’s helmet! This video takes you with this Royal Marine as he patrols in Afghanistan, become involved in a skirmish, and gets shot (fortunately, in the backside, and he’s relatively fine). There is no real gore in this video, but there is gunfire, and a lot of swearing.
I read an article this week about “virtual rape”. Yes, really. That would be virtual sexual assault on your virtual online character or persona. This is all coming out now because, I kid you not, someone from Second Life reported a virtual rape to the police in Brussels. And they are investigating it. Oh for pete’s sake, give me a break! How tenous a grasp on reality do these people have? And how the heck can there be “forced online sexual activity”? Isn’t that nearly an oxymoron?
Authorities in Pakistan and Afghanistan say that people are in a frenzy because of a rumour of deadly virus being transmitted by cell phone. The deadly cellphone virus rumor is being blamed on the Taliban.