How are you all doing? The business has dropped way off. Even the spam calls are down to a minimum.
I did get some interesting emails today. Someone in Luxemburg is attempting to extort me for 2000 American Dollars. Of course, I have to acquire bitcoins and send them to some account that is probably a hundred characters long in hexadecimal format. I hope they hold their breaths.
The last person that did this was in South America, and they found him with my assistance.
You see, I am one of the few who could have found those 33K emails.
If pressed, I could probably walk up to them in a crowd, social distancing, of course. My trek would most likely bring me to China.
They have infected some businesses and using their computers to send out spam emails on naked contact forms. I will probably just remove the contact forms, and make it more difficult for robots to bother me. Everyone is using captcha’s, and they are working hard to defeat those as well.
Those spam extortion attempts are written like a fortune cookie in that some people will see some part of it as valid. Some will pay them and get nothing in return as what they are threatening you with is a paper tiger.
This is why my IT friends that you never depend upon free antivirus; it is not worth what you pay for it. So many idiots in the world with egos with no skin in the game tell their boss they can save them so much money using windows defender and nothing else.
Now, this company has all of its computers infected, sending out extortion demands all over the world. 188.8.131.52 Check out the IP for yourself. I wonder if Interpol would like to go after these guys.
What is even worse than the extortion demands are intellectual property. If I were to do some white hat hacking on this IP address, I wonder how far I could get. I won’t as it is illegal, and I never break the law, ever. We wonder how intellectual property is obtained, one way is to have a stupid IT guy with an ego.
Some of my novels have forensic computing peppered in them, as that is what I did for eons, well since Al Gore invented the internet. Pfft.
Anyway, since business is in the crapper, I have been doing some volunteer work. I realize that those kinds of organizations could benefit from my talents, so at times I offer it up to them. Other than that, I have been writing my latest novel.
Close to 20k words into a YA novel for supernatural activities. I will be using a literary agent for this book, so wish me luck.
If you are a writer and not working, consider spending some time with your fingers dancing on the keyboard. The world needs some poetry and some uplifting news.
Much love -TW