Miscellaneous: October 2007 Archives

.....well, not just DRM, but a lot of issues currently surrounding the music industry in general, too. Presenting - A Brief History of Rock and Roll Suicide.

It's worth remembering that it's not just social networking sites like Myspace that get all the hacker-style attention. Recently Friendster has had its fair share of wobbles, too.

From about July to August of this year, a virus was doing the rounds called "Saviour of the Seoul", which (at first glance) would likely seem to be a calling card for Korean hackers. Now, because I happened to do my University Dissertation on 20th Century Hong Kong Cinema - don't ask - I can add a little bit more to the thinking behind this, because I know that "Saviour of the Seoul" is a sly reference to a particularly crazy film from the early 90s resurgence of HK Cinema, called - obviously enough - "Saviour of the Soul" (minus the "e"). It makes no sense whatsoever, but it's very pretty. Anyway, for no good reason, our leet hax friends decided to name their virus after this film. If you had this appearing in your profile page code:

savioursoul.jpg

...then you'd have the words "Saviour of the Seoul" sitting in the bottom corner of your profile, quite often while the rest of the page remained blank. The only way to fix your profile at that point would be to scrub everything and start all over again.

There also seemed to be a slightly different version of this attack, where you'd have an image file placed on your profile instead:

savsoul1.jpg

...don't those Smileys look grumpy?

Anyway, over here, we have an apparent redirect to a .za domain. And finally, we have a rash of comments being posted to profiles that seems to say "hello", seemingly mixed in with some choice insults. To date, this final profile attack is still ongoing - we're looking into it, and will report back with any new findings...

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I'm not a fan of double-posting material both here and on Vitalsecurity.org, but I did think it worth giving a repeat mention to the fact that there's all sorts of action going on in the comments section of this blog post on the Sunbelt Blog. Well worth a read.

I've been offline most of last week due to my testbox pretty much exploding, and am currently stuck with using dialup to get online.

And what a horrendous experience it is. It's sort of strange to think we were all stuck using this not so long ago, and it's easy to forget how infuriating a PC hijack would be if still on dialup. I've tested pretty much every kind of PC hijack imaginable, and even in the worst case on broadband, I was still able to browse the Net. Sure, the browser itself would usually take about five minutes to open up due to all the garbage installed, but once running, you could view web pages in a fairly functional fashion (well, apart from the occasional redirect to a gambling website or whatever).

Hand someone the same situation while on dialup, however, and I don't think they'd have much of a choice but to clean up. A few browser redirects and maybe an additional popunder browser / window while using broadband isn't generally going to make much of a difference to a DSL user, but apply the same scenario to someone on a dialup modem (where every last kb counts) and you're not going to get very far.

Now, I do know people who have all sorts of junk on their computer, but don't bother to get their PCs cleaned out because, in their own words, "I can still get online" thanks to their broadband.

Maybe we should stick them back on dialup for a week....

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