Hateful viruses, scuzie malware and scumsucky trojans


It seems to be a week of it for me. My desk top computer just received a wonderful message from a computer security programme that i was being attacked by trojan programmes and they were attacking my programmes and eating up my hard drive.  In fact it was kindly scanning my hard disk for all these nasty viruses, trojans and malware.

That was kind of it.

It also said that all i had to do to ensure it is all cleaned up and dumped nicely off of my computer and everything back to normal, was to click on the button to 'Get full time protection now'.

This wonderful security programme is called 'Security Central'.  The pop-up window is very professional, and kind of reminds me of AVG anti-virus (which is installed).

As a natural reaction I was about to click on buttons I should not be clicking on.  But wait! I never installed this software, I found it very strange that I suddenly had all these viruses when I used AVG, and I really did not like the feeling I was getting when I saw the button for the full activation.

I did not click - if it happens to you.  DO NOT CLICK!

Now, the rub.  'Security Central' is one of the scummiest, most hateful and spiteful, malware programmes.

Security Central pretends to be an anti-spyware program that uses deceptive advertising and aggressive techniques to protect itself from removal. This program is installed without your consent through the use of malware that when executed, silently downloads and installs Security Central in the background before it launches. Once launched it will scan the computer and display an increasing number of false detected infections. Security Central will then not allow you to remove these 'infections' without first purchasing Security Central. The infections are not really there, so no need to panic.  Security Central is trying to scare you into purchasing it.

To protect itself, Security Central will not allow you to run executable programs any anti-malware programs until the process is terminated.  This will obviously make you think that the viruses are for real.

I have just googled Security Central and I have found a few different websites that show you how to get rid of this hateful software.  I will have a go and let you know how I get on.

gone phishing!


Hateful scammers
The last couple of days has been a rude awakening for many twitterers (or twats, depending on what side of the fence you are in on relation to the use of Twitter) in Northern Ireland.  The shock was how easily it was for a scam to suck  people in before they realised it was happening and how often it could be done before people locked their accounts down by changing their passwords.

Firstly, we received, from our friends a wonderful direct message like this,
Hey, this you?? (and a link)
The obvious human reaction, especially with lots of pictures up on the web, is to click the link because it is a direct message from someone you at least vaguely know. 

Ahhhh, big mistake!

Clicking the link will confirm, to a nasty little git, your username and your password. All they need to start being you on Twitter. They will use your account to spread the message again ending up with large lists.  Sometimes its just an idiot messing about, other times they can spread viruses onto your computer, and even worse could allow them to find out passwords to other things like bank accounts.


If the message is from someone you know, check with them first to confirm they sent it.

Next i started recieving really nice messages like this,
hi, i'm 24/female/horny... i have to get off here but message me on my windows live messenger name (and a hotmail account)
Now that is wonderful except that one of the people who messaged me was Barry McIlduff MLA. Now, I, for one, am fairly sure he is neither 24, female and horny. But then who am I to judge??

It did not stop there either, more messages coming through,
hhey, i've been having better sex and longer with this here (and a link)
Sorry, but I am quite happy, thank you very much.  Besides I am married with two kids, I am too knackered.

All the messages are phishing messages.

Phishing is a name originally given to e-mail fraud methods where a scammer sent out legitimate-looking emails in an attempt to gather personal and financial information from recipients. Typically, the messages appeared to come from well known and trustworthy Web sites, or indeed from friends.

A phishing expedition, like the fishing expedition it's named for, is a speculative venture, where the phisher puts the lure hoping to fool at least a few of the prey that encounter the bait.

Phishers can  be very sophisticated or just use a very simple message like a worm to lure you into giving them personal details.

The one thing people can do to reduce risk is to be very suspicious of messages that are not clear or offer to give you a bigger weenie (particularly suspicious for females who get these messages), or better sex.

If you are suspicious that you have fallen for a scam, IMMEDIATELY change your password.

You have been warned!

Be safe in the twitterverse!

Bombs, bullets and bodies


Newry Courthouse after bomb went off
Well, once again we are hearing about things that we thought had been consigned to the history books to remind us of how man can be so inhuman to man.

From security alerts, to shooting at police stations, to bombs going off, to car booby trap bombs, to murdering army and police personnel, to punishment shootings, and now to brutally murdering a man and dumping his body at the side of the road.

Proof our 'normal society with normal politics' is not quite as it seems yet.

These people, if i can call them that, have no place in our society.  They have no mandate. They have no political goals. They are continuing to fight a lost war.  

The vast majority of the people of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland do not want these people to continue in what they are doing.

But they will not listen?  They seem addicted to inflicting pain, suffering and misery on the people of the Island of Ireland.  They refuse to accept the majority of the people of Northern Ireland do not want a united Ireland, nor do they seem to realise that the Republic of Ireland would not be able to subsume 6 more counties into the national remit.  

I accept many people in Northern Ireland have the aspiration for a united Ireland.  Unlike these murderous thugs, they also accept and respect the majority wish of the people of Northern Ireland to remain as part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  We are now trying to find a way to ensure political ideologies that embrace democratic and peaceful means of governance can work together, regardless of aspirations of one type or another, to ensure a stable society at peace with itself and prosperous for everyone.

There has been far too much bloodshed. It has to stop now. 

Anyone with information has a duty to society, their family and themselves to pass on information in any way they can in order to stop these blood thirsty morons from continuing their acts of terror.

The Nine sally forth


The BBC is reporting that the Conservatives and Ulster Unionist Party have agreed on nine of their joint candidates for the general election, still being touted as 6th May.

This will get things moving as they ready for a General Election.  however a minor headache would be if the rumours of an Assembly election in May were true.  This would come about if the wheels fell off the Hillsborough wagon (which they may yet)

The ominous number of the first swathe of candidates (i love Lord of the Rings) are

  1. Mike Nesbitt (Strangford)
  2. Daphne Trimble (Lagan Valley)
  3. Danny Kennedy MLA (Newry & Armagh)
  4. John McAlister MLA (South Down)
  5. Harry Hamilton (Upper Bann)
  6. Sandra Overend (Mid Ulster)
  7. Ross Hussey (West Tyrone)
  8. Bill Manwaring (West Belfast)
  9. Trevor Ringland (East Belfast)

Nine more are to come. This should be interesting.

Yes Minister - Local government reforms.


Why does Yes Minister still hold so much relevance? Still, love the series.

How do you solve a problem like Sylvia


Well, one half of the UCUNF team have been assembled with the UUP releasing their list of 17 nominees seeking to become UCUNF candidates for the forthcoming election.

But don't we have 18 constituencies? Ah, yes. North Down. With the incumbent Lady Sylvia refusing to take the Conservative whip and refusing to put her name forward for the project that has left a vacancy for the UNCUNF candidacy. Cue Ian Parsley stepping in to birdie that 18th hole. (I promise I will not refer to golf any further)

Lady Sylvia has been a conundrum for the UUP for a while. Voting more with New Labour, a party that was even more ambiguous on the whole NI in the UK thing than the Tories and of course has quite few 'Brits out' supporters such as 'Red' Ken Livingstone, and has always had a warm place by the fire for what had been physical force republicanism. Lady Sylvia, while a great constituency worker, seems to have been less than friendly to the UUP cause. Indeed, she dropped the clanger in the middle of the European election putting Jim Nicholson in an awkward position.

I suspect she intends to run as an independent, which kind of puts her in the position of not standing as an Ulster Unionist Party representative. Recently, she spoke at an SDLP dinner in North Down attacking the Conservative Party and the UUP link up.

It will be a very interesting election in North Down. I would guess that Ian Parsley will be the candidate to take on Sylvia. However, with Sylvia being the incumbent and having a good reputation as a constituency MP, Ian will have his work cut out for him. North Down also has a reputation for backing mavericks. But it is also a constituency that would be a conservative stronghold were it in England. I think it will be a politico's nightmare to properly predict.

The other UUP nominees (to be a candidate, the two parties of the UUP and Conservative Party have to ratify who is standing where) are:
  • North Antrim Robin Swann;
  • South Antrim Adrian Watson;
  • East Antrim Rodney McCune;
  • North Belfast Fred Cobain;
  • West Belfast Bill Manwaring;
  • South Belfast Paula Bradshaw;
  • East Belfast Trevor Ringland;
  • Strangford Mike Nesbitt;
  • South Down John McAllister;
  • Lagan Valley Daphne Trimble;
  • Upper Bann Harry Hamilton;
  • Newry and Armagh Danny Kennedy;
  • Fermanagh and South Tyrone Tom Elliot;
  • Mid Ulster Sandra Overend;
  • West Tyrone Ross Hussey;
  • Foyle David Harding;
  • East Londonderry Lesley McAuley.
Owen Polley, in his 3000 Versts of Loneliness blog post 'Better late than never. Or 17 out of 18 ain't (too) bad!', gives an excellent run down of the UUP nominees and I think a fairly accurate rating of the chances.  He is unkind to a few, but that would be a discussion for another day!

The DUP are in diffs at the moment, but I think they will keep a large number of their MPs seats.  I think the UCUNF project could potentially pick up 3 seats.  The SDLP have a good chance of retaining their 3 seats, though what happens in South Belfast will be a deciding factor in the retention of the third seat.  Sinn Fein will hold on to their seats, but their performance will be closely watched.  

Castlereagh and the vacant council seat


Iris resigned from
 Castlereagh Council

Well, its going to be a by-election for Iris Robinson's seat in Castlereagh Borough Council.

Councillors tonight voted to hold a by-election to fill the seat, which was left vacant by the resignation of Iris Robinson. The DUP put up a candidate for co-option but two objections scuppered that plan. A by-election will cost upwards £30,000.

Will be interesting to see the turn out. Not sure if anyone but a DUP member will win. However, the actual voting numbers will make interesting reading.

It will break the UUP by-election record, but i don't think there is much that can be done.


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