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I am 30 years old!

Well, OK, not quite. But today is the anniversary of my arrival in the United States, or, more specifically, Colorado. Yep, I’ve now lived for 30 years in the US. Originally, I was going to stay for possibly three years, but it turned out that after those three years I’d sold my flat in Hammersmith and bought a house in Colorado Springs for my future wife and I (and, as it turned out, three kittens). Still makes me laugh: selling a one-bedroom flat in London to buy a three bedroom house in Colorado Springs. […]

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Website Listing scam

There are days when I just want to give up, there are so many scams going around. Yesterday, it was getting this in the mail: […]

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Time to get on with some cleaning up

A quick bit of catching up… […]

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Dredging up the past

So, of late, I’ve been having real issues with my main laptop. Basically BSOD City. I’d be getting blue-screened ten or more times a day. Even to the point of when it auto-rebooted I’d get a “hard drive not found” error. […]

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Crass stupid phishing scams

For some stupid reason, I got the following two texts within 12 hours of each other, the first yesterday evening, the second this morning. […]

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GoDaddy hacking admission

Way back when (like, over 4 years ago now), I wrote up a blog post (GoDaddy shared Windows hosting compromised) about an issue I was seeing when this site was hosted on GoDaddy about a PHP hack. I’ve helped several people who were hit by the same hack, showing how they could monitor for it and clean it up if they had the same issue. Since then, I’ve moved this site over to Azure where, to be blunt, security is tighter. […]

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Phish and chips

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a fascinating blog post about spotting phishing attempts via email: An Annotated Field Guide to Identifying Phish. For me, it’s one of those topics I come back to every now and then, especially when I receive dodgy looking emails with “simple” HTML links that purport to be legit. […]

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Trials and Tribulations

So, last week was a hoot. Just before Christmas I got a summons. No, not one of the “bad” ones, but a summons for juror service, which started last week. Yep, a couple of days after my nine-year anniversary of becoming a US citizen (6-Jan-2014) I had to appear in the El Paso County Combined Court as a prospective juror. […]

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Business loan scam lookalike?

Weird one this. For the past couple of months I’ve been getting emails to my work address offering business loans. Originally they were from one company called Capital Cosmos, which lasted until the week before Thanksgiving, and then suddenly they started coming from another called Club Capital. No matter the provenance, they’d both start off stating that the company I work for applied for a PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loan for some amount (and I hasten to add that I have no idea if this is true, not my department, etc) and would we be interested in a further business loan for $X, where X varies wildly per email. […]

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Interesting PayPal scam

I was surprised yesterday when I received an email from PayPal: “You’ve got a money request”. Wut? […]

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