Sunday, February 2, 2014

Hoax Becomes Reality: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies at 46 apparently due to drug overdose

The hoax becomes reality as Academy award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in his Manhattan apartment, according to NYC police. He was 46.

Hoax Becomes Reality: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies at 46 apparently due to drug overdose 


The breaking news first appeared on Wall Street Journal; mentioning that cause of the death is yet to be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
The WSJ report is yet to be confirmed by other sources as a death hoax of Hoffman was already being circulated on the web and representatives of the actor have just denied the reports yesterday.

What family says and what's the cause of death ... Continue reading detailed report ..... HERE.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Chinese Feng Shui Money Bag Theory for October 2012

Beware! It's a Cyber World: Summary -- Chinese Feng Shui Money Bag for October 2012

Widely circulating email Facebook message states that October 2012 has 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays and 5 Wednesdays and that this combination of days only happens once in 823 years.

The message on Facebook looks like:

 And reads as:

"GOOD LUCK EVERYONE

This year October has 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays and 5 Wednesdays. This happens once every 823 years. This is called Money Bags. So Share this at your wall and money will arrive within 4days. (Based on Chinese Feng Shui)"

Beware! It's a Cyber World: Explanation -- Chinese Feng Shui Money Bag for October 2012

This message, which has been circulating via social networking websites as well as email, claims to reveal an "interesting fact" about October 2012 in that the month has 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays and 5 Wednesdays. The message claims, on the basis of Chinese Feng Shui Money Bag Theory, that this particular combination of days in October only happens once in every 823 years.

It's just a hoax even though it is completely right that October 2012 has 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays and 5 Wednesdays; but, such a combination happens far more often than every 823 years. The message is just a reshaped version of very similar - and equally erroneous and baseless - messages about  October 2010 and July 2011



'Help find Kara': Trended on Twitter, but was a hoax

The tweet by Kara Alongi was re-tweeted for  33752 times and she gained hundreds of followers after asking people on Twitter to call 911 on Sunday evening. People re-tweeted her message and the hashtag "#helpfindkara" trended on the social network.  



According to Clark Police Chief Alan Scherb, investigators later received information leading them to believe the Twitter message was a hoax.

 The 16-year-old Kara Alongi was last heard from Sunday evening when she allegedly tweeted "There is somone in my hour ecall 911." It is assumed the message was intended to indicate someone was inside her house and that she wanted authorities to get notified.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Reborn Hoax -- Reality of 'Visit the New Facebook/Timeline' Link

Beware! Its a Cyber World -- 'Visit the New Facebook' Link: Summary

A message is widely spreading on social network 'Facebook' claiming that if any Facebook user receives a message from someone, even from his/her friends' list, asking to click a link titled as 'Visit the New Facebook'; don't open the link as it may lead the user to a hacker's trap and may lose the access to his/her Facebook account.

The message looks like:

Reborn Hoax -- Reality of 'Visit the New Facebook/Timeline' Link
And reads as:

"W A R N I N G .. ! ! .....W A R N I N G .. ! !
If someone in your profile or a
friend sends you a LINK that says
'VISIT THE NEW FACEBOOK' do
... NOT open it. If you do, you're
... ... ... ... ... sure to say GOODBYE to your
Facebook account. This is actually
a trap by a HACKER who steals
your details and REMOVES you
permanently from your own
page. please COPY and paste it
on your wall and send it to your
groups too"
Beware! Its a Cyber World -- 'Visit the New Facebook' Link: Explanation
There are plenty of phishing scams and hacking attempts from internet fraudsters and cyber criminals trying to gain access to Facebook accounts; but in this specific case there's no reality and the warning is totally baseless. 
According to Facebook, "this re-worded hoax message is currently circulating. The original, whose warning was "Visit New Facebook", began circulating about a year ago. Now, with the recent introduction of the Timeline, someone has changed the message to say "Visit New Timeline", but the claims in the message are still untrue." 
According to Snopes; this warning is nothing more than a hoax spread by well-meaning but credulous Facebook users: there have been no recorded instances of "Visit the new Facebook" come-ons containing malicious links of any kind (only warnings about them) and none of the major computer security/anti-virus software companies has reported users' actually encountering Facebook info-stealing malware that reached them in such fashion. 
Therefore, the simple advice is not to pass on such sensational alerts without confirmation to your Facebook friends. Some hoaxes malign companies and individuals. You don’t want to be responsible for damaging the reputation of an innocent party just by automatically posting a story to your wall. It is great to spread useful information and legitimate warnings to your friends – just do a little fact finding before clicking “share.” 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Yahoo password theft -- Consequences and threats

Yahoo has reportedly fixed the security blemish that provided hackers an access to passwords of almost 450,000 users. Yahoo confirmed it through its blogpost on Friday (July 13).

Yahoo password theft -- Consequences and threats


According to the referred blogpost:

Yahoo! revealed that the data of those users were compromised who were registered members of Associated Content prior to May 2010, when it was acquired by Yahoo! and presently known as Yahoo! Contributor Network.

“We have taken swift action and have now fixed this vulnerability, deployed additional security measures for affected Yahoo! users, enhanced our underlying security controls and are in the process of notifying affected users.  In addition, we will continue to take significant measures to protect our users and their data,” the blogpost revealed further.

Apart from Yahoo’s efforts to counter the hackers’ attack experts think that inter-linked ID’s might also be on risk because Yahoo Contributor Network facilitates users to sign in through a Yahoo, Google or Facebook ID.  This means that if you use log in to any user service provided by Yahoo via any other ID such as Gmail or Facebook, you should also change your password for that account as it could have been compromised.

According to earlier reports, a hacker group dubbed as D33DS Company, broke into an undisclosed subdomain of Yahoo’s website where they recovered unencrypted account details and then posted these details online.

The Yahoo hacking is the second biggest so far this year; after LinkedIn was hacked earlier this year restricted almost 6 million users to lose access to their accounts.  While insufficient tech security provided by these Internet giants are a major cause of concern, the substandard and ordinary passwords chosen by users are also contributed to such disasters. 

According to an online analysis by CNET, that passwords of more than 2,200 of hacked accounts were “123456″ and 780 of the passwords were just “password.”

Report Tags: Yahoo, Yahoo!, Yahoo Inc., CNET, Yahoo Hacked, Yahoo accounts hacked, D33DS Company, Hacking, Yahoo Contributor Network, Associated Content

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Facebook/Text Message Health Warning Reality: June 05 as Heaviest Sunny Day Causing Skin and Eye Diseases

I received a health warning text message on my cellphone yesterday (Monday, June 04) from one of my close friends, terming June 05 (Tuesday) as the ‘Heaviest Sunny Day on Earth’, which can cause skin and eye diseases. The same kind of messages are spreading also on Facebook and other social networks.

Facebook/Text Message Health Warning Reality: June 05 as Heaviest Sunny Day Causing Skin and Eye Diseases


The message reads like below:

Save your family and yourself 5th June 2012…the worldz heaviest sunny day on earth..please be careful with eyes and skin disease. Aware other and save lives. The Civil Defence has given notice that within the next few weeks temperature will go up to as high as 50 degree Celsius.

All employees who drive, whether company vehicle or company owned vehicles, are advised NOT to fill their gasoline tank to maximum. The high temperature can overheat your gasoline tank. This memo serves only as a reminder and precaution for everyone. Please take care and inform your friends and family.

Many people have started receiving the text messages about so-called –heaviest sunny day and they kept on forwarding such messages without confirming the authenticity of the source.

The message is totally baseless in terms of warnings associated with the excessive hot temperature like skin, eye disease and overheating the gasoline tank.

After a thorough research and search it was found that such warnings, whether spreading through text messages or as Facebook posting, don’t bear any credibility and the same has been concluded by Director General Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Arif Mahmood.

He termed the assumption of Heaviest Sunny Day on June 5 (Tuesday) as a rumor and asked citizens not to fear of going outside their homes.

According to APP report quoting DG MET, “Assumption of June 5 as a Heaviest Sunny Day on Earth is not scientifically proved and it is not necessary that temperature rise on this specific day. Temperature can rise any day during the month of June, July and August”.
 
DG MET Arif Mehmood further told that there is no doubt about the present June days being the longest hot days of summer but a sudden rise in temperature reaching 50 degree Celsius can neither be calculated nor predicted.

Report Tags: June 05, Heaviest Sunny Day, Heaviest Sunny Day Warning, Health Warning, Health Warning Hoax, Pakistan Meteorological Department, Eye disease, Skin Cancer, Fake health Warning, Arif Mehmood,


SOURCE:

http://app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=197109&Itemid=53

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Stuxnet-led cyberwar against Iran's nuclear program started by U.S. and Israel

The cyber-attack against Iran’s nuclear program, discovered in 2012 and known as Stuxnet, was originated from U.S., current and former U.S. officials confirmed on Friday after a New York Times report. 

Stuxnet-led cyberwar against Iran's nuclear program started by U.S. and Israel
The cyber-attack destroyed nearly 1,000 of Iran's 6,000 centrifuges, fast-spinning machines that enrich uranium. The National Security Agency (NSA) developed the Stuxnet virus with the assistance of Israeli experts.

According to details; a secret cyber-war, instead of launching a traditional military attack, against Iran's nuclear program was started with the collaboration of U.S. and Israeli experts after the orders of U.S. President Barack Obama and the step was taken to slow down Iran's evident progress toward building nuclear weapons without launching a traditional military attack, U.S. officials revealed on the condition of anonymity.

The Stuxnet virus was developed initially during the George W. Bush administration, under the code name as Olympic Games, and was aimed toward damaging Iran's nuclear potential slowly while generating perplexity among Iranian scientists about the cause of disasters at a nuclear plant.

The use of the cyber-weapon, malware designed to penetrate and harm computer systems, was supposed to force the Iranians assume that their nuclear scientists were incompetent of running uranium enrichment facility, the officials said further.

"The idea was to string it out as long as possible," one participant said. "If you had wholesale destruction right away, then they generally can figure out what happened, and it doesn't look like incompetence."


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Report Tags: Stuxnet, Iran’s Nuclear Program, National Security Agency, Barack Obama, Cyberwar against Iran, Cyber-attack on Iran,


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