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Boy, I would just love to find a way to zing phishers

Posted Sunday, May 1, 2011, at 9:44 PM

MacGyver could find a way.
Spammers are annoying but phishers make me want to reach back through internet space and at the very least, blow up their computers.

Better yet would be if I could put them through the same frustration, apprehension, and loss of savings that they are trying to put on us.

If they catch them and lock them up, do it with just the essentials. No cable, no internet, no fancy workout gyms, no air conditioning or heat, (except to sustain life) no extra NOTHING!

I better stop before I suggest pulling their fingernails out so they never want to type on a computer again. Am I going too far?

I have over ten e-mails from someone claiming to be from the UK wanting to buy my item on eBay. Several others also want to buy something they will need financing for but want to make sure it is the same as the item on this link.

Right. I am going to click on the link to see what they want to buy and from there it will be all downhill. I just want to scream back into their computers, but instead, I release my frustration writing here.

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There are professional cyber-techs who can pull off just what you are imagining (minus the damage to dastardly digits).

These bad guys need to wonder when (not if) they will run into the folks who can identify and take action against them.

Their next keystroke may lead them to destruction of their equipment,a sting against their operations,arrest and punishment.

The direness of their fate might depend on whether the wrong target who brings them down is employed by government crimefighters or a disgruntled underworld kingpin.

Sooner or later,people who maliciously attack and exploit others get "zung".

Think of the unrepentant getting all the frustration,apprehension and loss they inflict on those they betray.

Let them endure the headaches and ulcers.

Banes such as those they would have earned honestly.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 4:45 AM


Why aren't you on here encouraging the American people that this recession isn't that bad and will be over soon?

I have predicted that Obama would be re-elected as the next and last United States President.

It appears to me that today Obama has just won the election of 2012, unless he does something really stupid between now and then.

I have also predicted that the current triple recession will not ever recover, but go right on into Inflation.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 11:27 AM

Hey,I *know* some of the crackers who are on the side of the angels.

I'm not even close to knowing the extent of their skills or how deftly and thoroughly they are being applied.

As for the recession,I do believe that an overcoming attitude helps reach solutions more than complacency or pessimism.

Whatever our situation,I believe it can evolve and deteriorate yet be corrected with a generous application of grace and common sense.

We will resolve our problems a lot easier if we stop looking for quick fixes and scapegoats and

start looking for ways we can "make the difference we want to see in the world."

I don't know how the future will be scripted but

taking each day and making the most of it by giving it our best can't hurt whoever our leaders are and whatever our destiny has in store for us.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 10:02 PM

Unique Lies,

Please man, stop with the non-topical crap, None of what you say adds to the conversation whatsoever. None. It's like you are trying to convince yourself how true you are. It's sad.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 10:29 PM

Hey,I'm sure he can work in computer tech,eBay or gardening topics in there somewhere.

They could be relevant to self-sufficiency and other aspects of frugality,morality and preparedness for oncoming crises.

Between natural disasters and those we inflict on ourselves,being aware of what's going on with Man and Nature can only make us stronger-even in peaceful times when we turn to activities because they are fun and intriguing and not just because they are necessary for survival.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 5:22 AM

It did get a bit off-topic, didn't it?

Since you brought up gardening QC, missed you at the last meeting.

Getting back to topic, these two e-mails I mentioned originally are unrelenting. Maybe they think if they annoy enough, I will finally click on one.

When they were all coming from the same name I could quickly dispatch them, but now the names are different and since we do sell on eBay, I need to check each one out to see if even one is legitimate. @#$%^&!

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 6:47 AM

It's obvious that these people who do this are intelligent, and it's a shame they don't use it for creating something good. Instead they try to take away from someone else's hard work.

-- Posted by bellbuckletn on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 10:05 AM

Sorry, I apologize to everyone.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 1:06 PM

Apology accepted UL, at least from me. I understand that at times our enthusiasm for a subject just can't be contained.

There are few things that I take real seriously anyway. I would have an ulcer several times over if I did not learn to chill out, EXCEPT PHISHING E-MAILS!.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 3, 2011, at 3:02 PM


I apologize for jumping on you like that, but it just gets old. All day long the media is shoving this in our face, newspapers, tv, advertisements online etc.

When I saw Steve's blog post, I was interested in seeing what type of stories, information etc to come out on the topic of Phishing.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Thu, May 5, 2011, at 2:48 PM

I'm looking forward to making a meeting soon.

I did manage to get a little yard work done.

(Many thanks to my family for their providing most of the plants and labor.)

I knew I had roses and magnolias,etc. but I think one of the volunteer plants we culled was a hybrid of hackberry,Triffid,kudzu and Audrey II from "Litle Shop of Horrors."

UL,EM,I hope I'll see you at the Weed 'em and Reap meetings.

It sounds as if the topics and attendees are getting better with every session.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, May 5, 2011, at 5:44 PM

I don't have much problem with phishers and emails, but I would like to zap those who put out those phony antivirus programs (that are viruses themselves). Every year I get infected with at least 3. We should be able to bring some kind of charges against those guys too for the inconvenience and often the damage these programs do.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Thu, May 5, 2011, at 6:48 PM

Here is where the government might be able to help. Have a centralized address that we can send the phishing e-mails.

A certain threshold number triggers a warning to help those who have become zombies get their machine fixed. Don't try to sell anything, just recommend that they have their computer checked.

Then a second threshold triggers a proactive response to shut the network down.

A third threshold triggers a response that shuts their operating system down and requires major format of their drive or maybe even trashing the machine altogether.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, May 6, 2011, at 8:17 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.