Beware: Bitcoin Extortion Scam Part 01

This is a public awareness on a Bitcoin Extortion Scam that I encountered here in my blog. Below is the content of the email they sent me:

xxx

From: *redacted*@menardconnect.com
To: *redacted*@menardconnect.com
Date: 7 Mar 2019 hh:mm:ss +0x00

Subject: Security Alert. Your accounts was hacked by criminal group.

Hi, your account has been infected! Renew the password this time!

You do not know anything about me and you may be probably surprised for what reason you’re reading this particular letter, proper?

I’m hacker who exploitedyour emailand all devicesnot so long ago.
Never try out to msg me or alternatively seek for me, it’s impossible,
because I forwarded you this message using YOUR hacked account.

I’ve installed special program on the adult videos (porno) site
and guess that you visited this site to have fun (you understand what I mean).

While you have been keeping an eye on video clips,
your internet browser started out to act like a RDP (Remote Control)
having a keylogger that provided me access to your screen and network camera.

Then, my softobtainedall information.
You have typed passcodes on the online resources you visited, I caught them.
Surely, you are able change each of them, or have already modified them.
However it doesn’t matter, my program renews needed data regularly.

What actually I have done?
I generated a reserve copy of every your system. Of all the files and each contact.
I formed a dual-screen videofile.
The first part displays the film that you were watching (you have got an interesting preferences, ahahhh…),
and the second screen displays the recording from your own camera.

What exactly should you do?
Clearly, I think, $761(USD) will be a fair price for our small riddle.
You will make the deposit by bitcoins
(if you do not understand this, go searching “how to purchase bitcoin” in any search engine).

My bitcoin wallet address: 1PAcoXVyzBDRryyg3MAmBQhDuofNYu55Uo
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it).

Important:
You will have 2 days in order to make the payment.
(I have an unique pixel in this letter, and at the moment I understand that you’ve read through this email).

To tracethe reading of a messageand the actionsin it, I utilizea Facebook pixel.

Thanks to them. (That whichis usedfor the authorities may helpus.)

In case I fail to get bitcoins,
I shall undoubtedly send your video files to each of your contacts, along with relatives, co-workers, etc?

xxx

Nice try Mr. Hax0r! But sorry no BTC now, so next time try asking for some XMR and the blogger may reconsider 🙂 .

Will have part 2 article soon because this Mr. Hax0r here seems to have victimized some website owner so this one need some follow up soon.

Again: beware of this Bitcoin Extortion Scam!

Password Manager: Free 1 Year Subscription for 1Password

1Password is giving away Free 1 Year Subscription. Current 1password subscribers (like yours truly) can send out invites, we just need our friends email address

OK some basic intro. 1Password is a Password Manager across windows PCs, mobile phones (Android and iOS), apps, browsers (Chromie, Firefox, and Safari) and I love their #security features and neat integration across platforms so I am a proud 1password user subscriber 🙂 I might post my 1password experience here as a Thank you post for 1password soon so watch out for it too 🙂

 

Want more info on 1password, visit their website https://1password.com/ and
watch their video.

if you are interested with the Free 1 Year Subscription for 1Password, please send me your email via contact form OR

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TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog: Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware: 2018’s New Menace?

Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware: 2018’s New Menace?
By Menard Osena

Will cryptocurrency-mining malware be the new ransomware? The popularity and increasing real-world significance of cryptocurrencies are also drawing cybercriminal attention — so much so that it appears to keep pace with ransomware’s infamy in the threat landscape. In fact, cryptocurrency mining was the most detected network event in devices connected to home routers in 2017.

Full post -> TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog: Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware: 2018’s New Menace?

It’s been 4 years na pala since my last blog post at TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog, and I really feel great that I’m writing again there. I am still not decided if my other follow up insights will be for menardconnect.com or for AVSecurityProductManager.com but definitely there will be some follow up posts at #TrendLabs #Security Intel Blog and my blogs… Soon!

But for now just let me do a repost and some shoutouts and mentions 🙂

Special thanks to John, JR, Dianne, Bri, Caloy, Kerr and Gelo. You guys rock!
And some waves and hugs to my TrendLabs CoreTech XRS Ops Team 🙂 I love you all!

Watch out for the follow up posts soon 🙂

On Bitcoin, Crypto and the other Blog

In my last post I mentioned that I will write more about bitcoin and cryptocurrency here at menardconnect.com.

But I also want to write on my Tech and infosec focused blog more often so I placed all my thoughts on the plan of Salon.com to offer cryptomining instead of the usual subscription model and freemium/Google AdSense model.

Post is available at AVSecurityProductManager.com.

If there will be PH focused insights related to that post, I will add it here in Menardconnect.com. But for now just a link/connected post.

On Bitcoin, Hacking and the Philippines

I am seeing lots of social media activity from my online Pinoy friends about Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, and hacking and oh boy I’m really amazed that we’ve got lots of pinoy experts on BTC and crypto and hacking now  na ha! Hehehe!

Honestly I think this is good and bad! Good, that there is an increasing interest in this topic and therefore more meaningful conversations can follow. Bad, because I see a lot of FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) out there about bitcoin and crypto (re: Bitcoin is EVIL), and I believe that FUD = misinformation and will not be helpful for all if it is not properly put into its place.

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. I am just fortunate that in my line of work I am exposed to the good and bad of Bitcoin and cryptos. And as GI Joe series taught me “…Now you know… and knowing is half the battle” so I’m posting my thoughts here at  menardconnect.com.

So first, before we spread FUD about bitcoin,cryptocurrencies and hacking, please do read about Mt. Gox and Bitfinex. I was looking for related materials on this topic and found the following links below can give a pretty good start…

from The Verge:
Mt. Gox crumbles: all the news on Bitcoin’s biggest bankruptcy scandal

and from Ars:
A brief history of Bitcoin hacks and frauds

If you want to read a more recent hax then read about bitthumb

Then compute the fiat values, know the risks, research more, learn and decide. And please don’t be GOXED!

xxx

To end this post, remember GI Joe “Now you know… And knowing is half the battle…”

Will try to post more about bitcoin and cryptocurrency (maybe my thoughts on ETH, XMR, Calata, ICOs, and the worx) here at menardconnect soon (maybe this can be a multi-part post).

Bloggers for Freedom

I just signed the Bloggers for Freedom statement.

Statement: Bloggers for Freedom

We concerned Filipino bloggers stand for the rights to free expression and to free speech. And our first responsibility is to protect these rights.

We thus stand with Rappler, its right to exist, the rights of its working journalists and contributors, and the rights of its community of readers.

We stand against moves to silence and scare journalists, bloggers and media practitioners just because the President and his ardent supporters dislike their news and views.

Now is a time for making choices amid battles between truth and lies, debate and dissonance, democracy and dictatorship.

We sign our names here to tell everyone we have made a choice. We are bloggers for freedom.

As a blogger I stand for the rights to free expression and to free speech.

As I mentioned in my post last year, I really missed the good ol’ days when blogging was so simple 🙁 but as they say past is past na talaga and we need to live in this changing and challenging times, so laban lang!

Will post more thoughts on this topic and other bloggers link here soon.

Happy 9th Year Anniversary to Menardconnect.com!!!

Happy 9th to menardconnect.com  🙂

My blog turned 9 several weeks ago! Was too busy with lotso stuff so its just now I’m posting the traditional blog happy anniversary post. Wow time flies so fast, here the links to the 1st post and the first full post. Enjoy 🙂

I would like to thank God for all the blessings this year! Next I would like to thank my family and friends for being there with me in this challenging year. Last but not the least, my thanks to the readers and supporters of menardconnect.com. I will do my best to make this blog better and better for all of you next year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

#IamCybersecUre: Threat Experts Summit

Hi Friends!!!

Our company, Trend Micro is hosting a cybersecurity event called Threat Experts Summit for students!!! It will be this Friday, November 10, 2017 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM at the Hotel Novotel, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.

IT students, this is your chance to learn cybersecurity in-depth straight from the experts! We will be discussing cool topics like Cybersecurity, Machine Learning and lots of other infosec/geeky stuff so if you’re free, come and join our event!

Interested students can register HERE
For more details visit Trend Micro Pilipinas FB page (https://www.facebook.com/TrendMicroPH)

Before I end the post, the usual disclaimer/disclosure:
I work at Trend Micro. The information contained in this post is taken from Trend Micro Pilipinas Facebook Page.

To know more on what I do full-time, kindly visit my blog’s about page or visit my Linkedin page. To read my blog’s disclosure policy visit my disclosure page.

For other infosec, malware and tech (and not so techie) stuff, please follow me in Twitter 🙂

Repost: Stroke Rehabilitation: Road to Recovery

Note:

This is a repost of an article from Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (pchrd.dost.gov.ph). Because I find it helpful in my Philippines stroke rehabilitation researches for my recovering brother I am reposting it here at menardconnect.com.

Stroke Rehabilitation: Road to Recovery





Stroke is one of the leading causes of long-term disability in the Philippines. Thousands of Filipinos are living with the effects of stroke.

These effects may mean that you must change, relearn or redefine how you live. The goals of rehabilitation are to build strength, capability, and confidence so that you can continue your daily activities despite possible impairments. New discoveries and techniques may enhance the recovery process. In the future, these advances may even allow for the repair or replacement of damaged brain cells.

What Happens In The Brain

Stroke occurs when the supply of blood that normally nourishes the brain is reduced. It can happen in two ways  when blood flow to brain tissue is blocked, or if blood leaks into the brain or into tissues surrounding the brain. Stroke affects brain cells that send signals controlling almost every function in the body (see illustration). When brain tissue is damaged, it can have far-ranging effects including:

  • Physical. Paralysis, stiffness, weakness, a loss of feeling or lack of coordination may affect your face, arm or a leg, or an entire side of your body. You also may have balance problems; visual deficits, including blindness in one or both eyes; or trouble speaking or swallowing.
  • Cognitive. The way you think, remember or interact with others or perceive the world around you may be affected. Perceptual changes may make it harder for you to understand what you feel, see or hear. You may also have difficulty understanding what you read or what people say.
  • Psychological. Stroke can affect you by damaging an area of your brain that’s involved in producing emotions. You may feel helpless, frustrated, and uninterested in activities you once enjoyed. You may cry or laugh more easily or have sudden mood swings for no apparent reason. Depression, grief, irritability, and fatigue sometimes occur.

Helping Achieve Independence

The outlook for stroke rehabilitation is better today than ever before. After a stroke, some people experience a complete or nearly complete recovery. Still, approximately half of stroke survivors will be left with some kind of permanent disability. The success of rehabilitation depends on many factors, including:

  • Its timing. The earlier rehabilitation begins, the more likely you are to regain lost abilities and skill.
  • The extent of brain injury. People with milder injuries are likely to benefit the most. But even with slight improvement, rehabilitation can mean the difference between functioning independently and needing assistance for your activities.
  • Its intensity and frequency. Studies suggest that greater intensity and frequency of therapy improve functional outcomes. Even if rehabilitation sessions are scheduled only a few times a week, therapeutic exercises should be done on a daily basis.
  • Your outlook and attitude. Motivation and a positive attitude are key to obtaining an optimal level of recovery. Rehabilitation requires a willingness to work hard.
  • The cooperation of friends and family. Companionship and emotional support are essential to rehabilitation. Caregivers also play an important role in assisting with rehabilitation exercises and therapies, and helping you maintain improvement.

What Is Involved

The purpose of rehabilitation is to reach the highest possible level of independence. What you do in rehabilitation depends on what skills you need to become independent. A major part of rehabilitation is often physical training and therapy. This may involve training with mobility skills, such as relearning to walk or learning to self-propel a wheelchair; balancing skills; and maximizing the range of motion in your joint.

Rehabilitation may also involve relearning self-care skills including eating, grooming, bathing, and dressing or learning to adapt how you perform these tasks to compensate for your disability. Addressing cognitive skills, including memory and problem solving, and communication and social skills are also important parts of rehabilitation. You may also learn how to reorganize your living space to make it safer and more accessible.

Because numerous impairments may be involved, rehabilitation is facilitated by a diverse team, which may include doctors specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatrists), physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, rehabilitation nursing, social workers, and others. Although each team member lends particular expertise, the team works together to help recovery.

Advances

The brain was once thought to be a static organ brain cells could die but not be repaired or regained. In recent years, due to research studies and advances in brain imaging techniques, doctors and researchers are gaining a new understanding of how brain systems adapt after stroke to regain function (brain plasticity).

After injury, efforts are geared towards maximizing function in spite of the damaged brain. In some research models, scientists observed the brain cells surrounding a damaged area undergo changes in function and shape that allow them to take on the functions of the damaged cells. Results indicate that similar changes occur in human brains after a stroke and other trauma.

Researchers have hypothesized that stem cells one day may enable damaged brain areas to recover their function. Other therapies to encourage the regeneration of damaged brain cells are also being explored. Many other recent advances may play a role in retraining injured areas of the brain and helping to stimulate use of paralyzed or weakened areas of the body. Other advances include:

  • Constraint-induced therapy. This therapy involves restricting the use of an unaffected or less affected limb while intensively training the more-affected limb. This helps improve limb function.
  • Forced-use therapy. With conventional forced-use therapy, therapists manually assist with thousands of movement repetitions to help the injured brain relearn how to accomplish tasks with an impaired limb. Researchers are exploring the use of robots to assist with these movements.
  • Electrical stimulation and biofeedback. Functional electrical stimulation involves the use of electricity to stimulate muscles weakened or paralyzed by a stroke to cause them to contract. In biofeedback, a sensor is placed over a target muscle, and when that muscle is successfully moved, the electrical activity generated by that muscle is picked up by the sensor and used to provide biofeedback to the individual. The goal is to help a stroke survivor become more aware of the means to move the target muscle and achieve the movement more easily. Some rehabilitation facilities combine these two methods to speed muscle and nerve retraining.
  • Cortical simulation. With this technique, an electrical current is used to stimulate the motor cortex in the brain. Studies have shown that it improves the performance of a paralyzed limb. However, it hasn’t yet been approved for clinical use.
  • Wiihabilitation. Many stroke patients require interactive physical therapy, which they may find boring and sometimes painful. But doctors have found that Nintendo’s Wii video game system, is an excellent substitute as the games motion-sensitive controller requires body movements similar to traditional therapy but provides so much distraction and more enjoyment for stroke patients. Rehab doctors in the Philippines have started to use it to help stroke patients regain movement in their arms and legs. The local experience, for example, at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center, had been favorable.

In addition to these therapies, pioneering work is being done in the area of virtual reality. These simulations and training methods encourage the brain to reorganize to compensate for the damage. They’re designed to improve range of motion, balance, strength, and other measures of motor function.

However, none of these treatment methods has been shown to be significantly better than willful, task-specific practice of a motor behavior. A willingness to work towards improvement is one of the most important ingredients of successful rehabilitation.

by Tyrone M. Reyes, M.D.

Source:

Philippine Council for Health Research and Development

http://www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph/index.php/news/library-health-news/981-stroke-rehabilitation-road-to-recovery