Blame the FBI or a global hacking operation, but it seems I was an early victim – maybe Australia’s first - of a malware epidemic which reportedly hit hundreds of thousands of computers world-wide this week.
Well it’s all very complicated and not really the FBI’s fault despite what Clive Palmer might say about world domination plots by the Bureau (or was it the CIA?) in league with the Greens.
Clive admitted he was just kidding after he made the outlandish claim a couple of months ago, but I’m not, and the threat to our computers is deadly serious. Just ask my Mac. I lost all internet connectivity on Sunday afternoon, 24 hours earlier than the time the Malware called DNS Changer was predicted to strike and before I had heard any warnings.
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Many years from now, a child will look up at his father and ask him for a tale from his wild and untameable youth. The man, whose eyes will scream a life without regret, will chuckle quietly and pat him gently on the head.
“Well,” he will say, “There was this one time I drank all this Red Bull and stayed up all night and wrote this algorithm that made Twitter users’ accounts spam other users’ accounts with a message telling them there’s a really funny picture of them online and they should totally click it - and then they did and it sent it to all their friends!”
“Lol,” he will add, as the boy shakes his head and punches him in the knee cap. Hard.
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That pesky cyber-gang of hackers, Anonymous, struck again on the weekend, bringing down Senator Stephen Conroy’s website for almost 30 hours.
I know because I was there. It didn’t take much to predict that nerdy “hacktivists” against the internet filter would attack Government websites to coincide with real-life protests scheduled for Saturday.
Sure enough, a few clicks from Google led to a forum that set a date and time for the assault and, after a bit more digging, a chat room from which to watch the fireworks.
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