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  1. Metalmann

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  2. #12

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    I think, the more millions it is worth, the more time people are willing to spend to hack into it.
     
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  3. strantor

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    Assuming this was the work of the usual suspects, it likely had more to do with irony, sending a message, and proving that megamachines aren't invincible, than money. They attacked a TARGET (Target) on black Friday, an event that they probably despise for it's consumerist nature. Tese think they're guy fawkes.
     
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  4. bountyhunter

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    It's all about the money. I get five calls a week from the fakers who claim to work for Microsoft who say my computer is sending out error messages and only they can clean the infection.... for $200.

    As the Obamacare website proved... and those of us who work with computers know..... all software is buggy, it can never be fully tested or protected, and it's just a question of when somebody hacks in. Even the DOD knows this which is why they hire the best hackers to work for them.
     
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  5. djsfantasi

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    Bountyhunter - Totally agree. Recently unemployed with too much time on my hands, I spent close to an hour harassing one of these guys, leading him on and on... It was a lot of fun.
     
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  6. bountyhunter

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    Me too, just be careful to NEVER log on to the external site they try to get you to go to: it allows them to take control of your computer. here's what happened when somebody let them and they trashed his computer.

    http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-04/11/malwarebytes
     
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  7. ErnieM

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    Every time I get the call from Microsoft technical center informing me my computer is sending out error messages I wait for them to ask me am I at my computer. I answer no, let me turn it on."

    Then I set my phone down and go about my other business.
     
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  8. rogs

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    Whenever I get the now familiar "I am from Microsoft support" phone call I normally just put the receiver back down, but occasionally, just for fun, I respond....

    "I have just received an email form Microsoft, telling me they NEVER use the telephone to call offering support, and anyone who does is either an idiot or a liar... which are you?"...

    Phone usually goes dead immediately... sometimes there's an expletive beforehand!..:)
     
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  9. WBahn

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    I've never gotten one of these Microsoft calls -- but the first could come any day. When I have the time (a rare event these days) I love leading them on. When I was in college I would get up to twenty calls a day from telemarketers (this was before the Colorado No Call went into effect and well before the National No Call). For a while my game was to see how long I could lead them on before they terminated the call. My record is 43 minutes.

    The latest one I got was from some outfit, claiming that they weren't making a marketing call, that wanted to give me a free sample of ink cartridges in order to earn my business. Yep, no marketing here! I told them I wasn't interested, so he just flipped to that page of his script and said something like, "Surely you want to save money on your ink and toner supplies?" and I said, "Nope." That seemed to throw him off his stride a bit, since he obviously didn't have a page marked for that response. But apparently he finally decided to just proceed as if I had said, "Sure." This guy was determined. I finally said, "I've said 'Not interested' three times. Obviously any sentence involving four syllable words is grammatically too complicated. So let me simplify it a bit: NO!" And, to my surprise, he just kept reading on! So I said, "Tell you what, I will consider taking you up on your offer if you can convincingly explain to me which syllable in the word 'NO' you are incapable of comprehending." Hell, as a telemarketer I might even be willing to take a shot at that one, but he just hung up. My guess is that there wasn't a script page that even remotely dealt with that situation and so he was completely lost.
     
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    The only similar call I received was a person demanding that I pay for a Microsoft business use license for my computer(s). That was somewhere around 1999. Problem was, all I had for a computer was a used W95 that I hadn't finished repairing. I suspect he was going through a list of licensed contractors because that's the only thing in public that would connect my name to a probability of running a business.

    I told him that I, like Microsoft, never sell my name, address, or phone number, so he should be paying me for a license to use my phone number. He didn't seem at all embarrassed at being caught trying to scam me. I suppose he was making enough money scamming less sophisticated contractors that missing this one didn't bother him.
     
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  11. bountyhunter

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    I just went through that.

    The guy said my computer had been sending error messages.... so he tells me to turn on my computer. So I asked him:

    "Wait a minute..... it's already on. I thought you said you were monitoring my computer. Why didn't you know it was already on?"

    It's fun to waste their time.

    You should have heard the guy's voice when I told him I was retired as a programmer from Microsoft (I'm not really).

    My favorite was when the guy kept trying to tell me how to log on and what keys to hit..... and I convinced him that my keyboard didn't have those keys. I told him it was a special keyboard for handicapped users and it didn't have the same keys as a regular keyboard.
     
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  12. bountyhunter

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    I have the web site bookmarked that has the warnings about the scam. Sometimes I bring it up and start reading it to the guy and see how long he will stay on the line.

    http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-04/11/malwarebytes
     
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  13. Wendy

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    I've gotten several of those calls. I tell them I know this is a scam and hang up. Imagine how fun getting several hundred of those responses might be after a while.
     
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  14. shortbus

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    Don't know if it's still the same, but at one time (about 5yrs ago) the callers got paid ONLY if they could keep you talking for a certain amount of time. Got paid more for completing a sale, but nothing if you didn't stay connected for "x" number of minutes.
     
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  15. PackratKing

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    Dare I suggest what should be done with malicious hackers when caught ? :mad:

    How about a 10 Ga. shotshell, loaded with Sodium Hydroxide pellets... :D with just enough range for a good pattern spread...
     
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  16. Wendy

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    Naw, just banned from using the internet for life. Think about it, that would be a real punishment.
     
  17. PackratKing

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    Banned ? Sounds like a good deal... I can't seem to get ahold of how that would be enforced...
     
  18. Wendy

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    It is done in federal prison. It's a start at least.
     
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  19. Metalmann

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    On the news today.......the number is up to 110 Million customers.:eek:
     
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