February 2, 2014
The truth be known ... nothing is safe anymore ... yet alone your computer. Hackers will do anything to hijack a computer, more often for the challenge of it. Hacking goes beyond surveillance and looking into your personal files. It has to do with using your memory to add to theirs. Born with the ability to easily configure the algorithms needed, the latest generation of hackers is expanding.
Pupils 'hack teachers' computers and change grades' BBC - February 4, 2014
Eleven students have been expelled from a school in southern California for allegedly hacking teachers' computers and changing their grades. It is believed that keyloggers were installed on computers which helped pupils to gain remote access.
Email is one way hackers gain access. Never open attachments unless you know who sent them. Be careful opening email even if labeled "official". Be suspicious. Last week I got an email from Apple that looked official. It requested personal information. I called Apple who confirmed that they would never send an email like that.
The donation ... here's something very tricky. Someone makes a $1 donation to Crystalinks through PayPal. In return, they expect an email from me thanking them. At that point they can change the content of the email and make it appear I am saying things that I am not. It reminds me of theft identity where people start using somebody's stolen credit card with a small $10 purchase. The banks are savvy to all of that.
The moral of the story is ... It's not just the government that can access any of your personal information - any good hacker has the same capabilities - and most are hidden in the shadows.
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