Security Alert News Reporter   

     April/May 2005               LANGHORNE, PENNSYLVANIA, USA                Volume 1, Issue 12
Help! I think we have a Virus.

Here's your "Security Alert News Reporter" for April and May, 2005
This Newsletter is sent out periodically to those people who have registered for the Security Alert and Report Alert Services from one or more of the websites published and maintained by If you are no longer interested in up-to-date Security Alerts -
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    The "NewsReporter" is published to keep you up-to-date on the latest information we gather for avoiding and surviving the hectic hacker attacks on your computer security and personal identity that take place constantly on the internet. Many of our comments are based on personal experiences. Protecting your safety, security, sanity, and privacy is not a simple task. We are trying to make it a bit easier for you to accomplish.

   Latest Virus Threats  reported May 07, 2005  by McAfee ,
US-CERT, and other advisory services. (
US-CERT is the operational arm of the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) at the Department of Homeland Security)

Full descriptions including virus characteristics, symptoms, aliases and removal instructions are available by clicking on the links. This virus alert is in addition to those posted in previous month's
News Reporter issues. You can review previous Virus Alerts in the Archive files.
  • CLICK on Red Virus Name for descriptions and Removal Advice
    And if you've been told that the Apple MAC never gets a virus, consider this - Apple Computer Co. released security patches early this month to fix 20 vulnerabilities affecting its Mac OS X operating system. Read about it at InternetNews. The flaws could be exploited by remote or local attacks. The company recommends users install Security Update 2005-005 
    A hacker has created a virus that targets music lovers by deleting MP3 files on infected computers, according to antivirus company Sophos. The worm, dubbed Nopir.B, spreads over peer-to-peer networks and appears to have originated in France, security researchers at Sophos reported. It's designed to look like a DVD-cracking program, to fool people looking for a program that will circumvent copy-restriction technology on the discs. When the worm is downloaded and run, it attempts to delete all MP3 music files and wipe some programs from the infected PC, Sophos said in its advisory.
    In its report covering security threats during the first quarter, McAfee's Anti-virus and Vulnerability Emergency Response Team (AVERT) stated that more than 1,000 new attacks aimed at software vulnerabilities emerged in the first three months of this year. The total amounts to a roughly 6 percent increase, compared with the same period last year. McAfee also noted that it received word of more than 200,000 vulnerability-oriented attacks during the first quarter.


Here's our usual reminder that you can download a FREE virus checking and removal tool at the Firewalls and Virus Protection site. STINGER checks and removes viruses already in your computer.
(compliments of McAfee's Anti-virus and Vulnerability Emergency Response Team - AVERT)

The program fits neatly on a floppy disc - a perfect way to clean up your computer if a worm or other 'rogueware' has disabled your ability to use your computer to get back on the Internet and update your security ware.
If you don't have an online anti-virus program yet, I suggest you use STINGER until you do....Richard
Download this FREE scanning and removal tool from the Firewalls and Virus Protection website at STINGER. It finds and removes about 45 other active viruses and worms. Download the May 02, 2005 update

Look for the STINGER Icon


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  Privacy Theft  - - The Dangers Haven't really diminished since our
                            first issue a year ago

This is our Birthday Issue -- The Anniversary of One Year of Publishing the "Security Alert News Reporter"!First Anniversary Cake

A review of the past issues demonstrates how much, and yet, how little the cyber jungle has changed.

In addition to SPAM and popups, Spyware concerns were beginning to alarm even the most casual users of the Internet, even though the majority of them were uninformed about how to avoid or minimize the threats.

In our first issue, we addressed the seriousness and dangers of this scourge. We outlined some of the related areas that should have been of major concern to all web surfer and Internet users:

      Latest Virus threats and variations
      Latest Anti-privacy theft measures
      Children, teens and other Family security topics
      Available publications
      Latest Free resources
      Excerpts and reviews of recent security publications
      Answers to security related Questions

One of the biggest problems we recognized then, was that most of the everyday email users, web surfers, etc, did not have the proper software tools to protect their computer security and the more serious threats to their personal identities, nor did they fully understand what they needed.

And today, a year later, the purveyors of spam, spyware, malware, adware, and viruses continue fiercely, to dump this stuff on us, with even more sophisticated methods and tools.

There's a critical race ongoing between the software safety and security writers and the more sophisticated criminal types to outdo each other.

A little over a year ago, many of our family members and friends were telling us about the problems they were experiencing with their computers. They were really unaware of the reasons why their computers were crashing, popups were popping up all over, spam was inundating their mail boxes, and other odd things were happening to them. Virus Grief and Computer Rage often resulted from these frustrations.

To help them, and everyone else encountering the same difficulties, the "Firewalls-and Virus-Protection" website was published.

A news letter can usually be more current and timely than a website, so the
"Security Alert News Reporter" came into existence to alert and advise of the current status of cyber world activities.

Subscribers are kept up to date through automatic mailings, which they agree to receive.

Now, a year into publishing the
"Security Alert News Reporter" finds most of us still facing many of the annoyances and distraction to safe and enjoyable Internet use. Just about all of last year's defenses are actually out of date and ineffective. Being informed is an urgent priority.

For the coming year, and for as many more as possible, the thrust and purpose of these publications (including the new Security Alert Blog) will be to inform and guide our friends through the ambushes and traps in the Cyber Jungle.

Thanks to all of our readers and loyal subscribers. Your support and interest during the past year are warmly welcomed and appreciated.     .... Richard

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Family Security and Caring
Family Caring - Here's a site I became aware of just recently. It impressed me so much that I'd like others to benefit from the resources posted there, too.
At some time in our lives, family members and friends may need caring support and special understanding. There's an outstanding FREE manual published at the website titled "Care Giving/Care Receiving". I urge you to get this valuable document, even if you aren't a Senior or aren't now involved in providing care for a loved one. I've never seen anything so well done.
You'll want to share this, I'm sure. The download is Free (and could be worth it's weight in gold to you, someday).                                     ......... Richard

We post Kid Safe Sites, because like you, we care about the safety and security of our children and grandchildren
...and to help parents, grandparents and guardians guide today's young internet surfers to safe sites. There are many other website creators who feel the same concerns and responsibility. These are just a few of their sites that we have personally reviewed and tested as safe for our Grandchildren. Check them out and share them with the young people you care about.
  Please note the 'AMBER ALERT" scrolling at the bottom of this table
  If you would like to help support the Code Amber project, please click here.

Reviews of Family Safe Sites


The Crayola website goes beyond being just for Kids with its sections for Parents and Educators, too. We wouldn't hesitate to send our children and grandchildren here for entertainment and education. Here's the LINK

PBS Kids is a respected and trusted site. We would not hesitate to send our children and grandchildren there for entertainment and education, either. Their Privacy Policy is very assuring. Families visiting the site can feel safe regarding potential threats to family privacy and their children's welfare. Jump to it from HERE

Our website has been Certified 'Family Safe' by the Institute of Family Safe Businesses.


Ask Jeeves for Kids

Enter your question here:
Ask Jeeves is a trademark of Ask Jeeves, Inc., Copyright 1996-2000 Ask Jeeves, Inc. Ask Jeeves for Kids has great Study Tools, Fun and Games and News Resources, all Safe. Visit Ask Jeeves for Kids Home page Here
Kid Safe Site from
Yahooligans! A really cool Index to the Web for net Surfers ages 8 - 14. Parents will love this one, too.

Check out the Kid Friendly pages HERE and the Parent Friendly Links

Click to visit Site
Your Site Support
Supporting your Play Time with Kids
for Kid approved activities that grownups love
  We receive no compensation for displaying these links and you will be under No Obligation when you visit them. They are here because we care about the safety of everyone who uses the internet, especially our Kids.

Predator Guard protects our children

Home Edition Features:
  • Real-time protection in Instant Messaging, Chat Rooms, E-mail and Attachments
  • E-mail notification to parents
  • Reviews both outgoing and incoming data
  • User defined library to prevent distribution of personal information
  • Detects, captures, logs and reports violations
  • Works as a stand-alone application or with existing site blocking programs (AOL Parental Controls, Cyber Patrol, Cyber Sitter, Net Nanny, etc.
 Predator Guard is an Advanced Internet Management (AIM) solution that provides real-time protection for children in chat rooms, instant messaging, e-mail and attachments from online predators and pedophiles. In addition Predator Guard can prevent all outgoing personal information, such as a child's home address, phone number and school information or other information that is essential for a predator to make contact with a child. Purchase this Inexpensive Protection Now

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Publications - Use these Free Reports to help your family and friends:

    Many people using the internet sometimes wonder if their firewalls and virus protection are good enough to keep them safe. For those of you who have visited our Firewalls website and Security Alert Blog, you know that the information there is directed toward keeping you safe from hacker and cracker attacks. Additions to our bookshelf are selected with the same purpose - and we encourage you to share it freely.
Because it isn't always convenient to share your computer with family and friends, we have created small downloadable reports that can easily be printed and distributed to the people you'd like to help avoid 'virus grief'.

23 Critical Alerts free to subscribers

Bookshelf and Special Report Alerts

You Should Consider when Maintaining
Your Computer Security and Protecting
 Your Personal Safety"

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Read how to Protect young children and family from chat room predators

Protect Yourself and Family from Dangerous Chat Rooms and Instant Messages. If you use them, you and yours are the Hacker's newest targets.
Hackers are already taking advantage of problems with today's IM systems. People not familiar with these new threats could easily open a new, harmless looking IM message that pops up on their screen. With one well intentioned click of their mouse on a Hacker’s phony message, could get infected.
It's no longer just the teen age Chat Room users that are in danger. Whole families are threatened
In case you missed this FREE report on the Firewalls-and-Virus-Protection website, you can read it here.  Please print the report and share it with your family, friends and associates. Help them avoid the hidden dangers and threats often buried in IM messages and of predators lurking in Chat Rooms.

Imorive you Online Security when traveling

If you take your laptop computer with you on your travels, this interview with the Author of "Travel Cheap-Travel Well" contains tips and advice to help maintain your
 Online Security while Traveling in the United States and Abroad.

The author, Victor K Pryles, discusses computer security and offers first hand advice on maintaining personal safety while on the road, high seas and in the air.

Click to read it here or Down Load it from this link and share this 10 page report with the travelers you care about. (It's in eBook format and takes less than a minute to download and zip open) DOWNLOAD HERE

Is your Firewalls and Virus protection Safe Enough?

      Is Your Firewalls and Virus Protection
                       Safe Enough?

This FREE report will help you identify viruses, prepare for attacks and infections and guide you in their removal. It's a 9 page, easy reading guide that covers the threats we all face in our daily use of the internet. It's a basic education in understanding and Avoiding Virus Grief

Down load it from this link (it's in PDF format):
The download includes a ReadMe page with instructions for unzipping and using your Acrobat Reader, and even a link to the Adobe website where you can get your own free Acrobat Reader if you don't already have one

Is a keystroke logger spying on you?


  Is a Keystroke Logger Being Used To Spy On You?
Many of the tools and tricks in use today to spy on your internet activities are exposed in this 7 page report. This look into spyware will alert you to the ease in which your identity could be compromised, or stolen.

Open the FREE report in a new webpage by clicking
Are Keystroke Loggers Spying On You?
(No downloading necessary, and you can print it right from your browser window.)

Can you afford the cost of getting the viruses out of your cmputer?

  How Much Money would it cost you to regain the use of your computer after a serious virus infection?
It cost one of our friends a whole lot of money, much aggravation and lost time, lost records, and a major inconvenience to recover from the havoc caused by the worms and viruses that had infiltrated their computer over a period of many months.

In case you missed this FREE report on the Firewalls-and-Virus-Protection website, you can read it here. Our friends have recovered full use of their computer and now encourage everyone to learn from their experiences. Please print the report and share it with your family, friends and associates.
 There are a lot more Articles and Reports at the Firewalls and Virus Protection website. Two of the most recent include a discussion about

            ● How to protect your privacy when using computer cafes or public
               computers. A strategy for maintaining online security
            ● Minimizing the risks of File-Sharing.
File-sharing is a popular way
              for users to exchange, or "share," files. (and even spyware)

 Visit the  Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website with its many publications relating to protecting the security of your family, both on the internet and off. They are FREE. You can go to their pages covering Consumer (family) protection HERE.

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 Free Resources  You can easily have the latest Firewall, anti-virus, spam blocking, and spyware removal software installed on your computers. Download all of these programs, and more, mostly for FREE, from our Firewalls-and-Virus-Protection website pages.
They're there for the taking. If you need to block Spam, check the links on the 'Spam and Spyware' page. Same thing for Cookie Crumbling tools, Spyware protection, etc.

     Most of them have a purchasable Up Grade option, and by trying the free versions, you can upgrade the ones that worked best for you.       
          Browser Hijacking hasn't gone away. One of the outstanding sources for information about browser hijackers and tools to remove these predators is available on the website.

      It's loaded with powerful information and helpful advice that zeros in on the hijacking problem. If you are experiencing any similar problems, be sure to follow the link to their forum. There are literally thousands of postings from which you will learn and possibly find the advice that will help you resolve your own issues.

     You can download HijackThis from the Software link on the SpywareInfo website. Be sure to read and follow their instructions to the letter if you want good results.

We learned about this program from the extraordinary website and forums built and maintained by James Healan, webmaster of
DOWNLOAD latest cws shredder from Softpedia. It'll find and remove those nasty Cool Web Search trojan horses.

Here are A few more helpful resources
"Keep Your Private Information PRIVATE"

Lock away all of your Passwords, Images, Documents, Video and Audio into one Encrypted database for your eyes only.

Enigma enables you to Encrypt and store almost anything so that only you can access the files through a master password chosen by you. Of course, all or any of your Encrypted files can be restored to their original state any time you choose.

You can even backup and restore the entire database to and from CDs to ensure that you lose nothing even if your hard disk dies.


   Ever since I found the eBook, "The Hacker's Nightmare" that tells how to really Keep Hackers, Worms and Germs out of my PCs, it has received my highest recommendation to family and friends.

This is an eBook by the 20 plus year veteran of internet security consulting ...Mr Bill Hely, there's so much valuable information and just plain common sense contained in this eBook, that we could fill this and future issues of our News Reporter for the next
few months just talking about it. Here are a few more things we found:
   In addition to the Free Anti-Virus program by
GRISOFT,   we learned that having just these three anti-spyware programs will build a strong fortress against Trojan Horses:
                   Spybot-Search & Destroy, AdAware and SpywareBlaster.    Spybot S&D and AdAware scan and remove spyware from your computer. SpywareBlaster
keeps spyware from being installed.

    Bill Hely has designed a webpage that describes many of the security tricks and tools that will help keep that nasty stuff out of your computer. Review The Hacker's Nightmare Story HERE. Some sample (Free) chapters are available to early visitors.
Here's a testimonial Bill recently received -
  "Bill, there is no way I can thank you enough for creating this wonderful program. I have done little else since I got it downloaded than print, read, experiment and learn. You are truly a genius and a very kind person for helping me 1-on-1 with my problem. The information in that book is so all encompassing that it is far more than a book on how to protect a computer. It also gives all the basic information on different concepts from Computer 101 to Advanced. My biggest question is why you are not charging more?  
   All of that information would cost a fortune if it were sold separately. At any rate, thank you again and again!! I would love to be an affiliate as soon as I learn a little more. It would be the only thing I ever sold that I truly believed in. You are incredible!"
                                     - Barbara Dingman (USA)

   The Hacker's Nightmare eBook isn't just for Professionals and Small Business Operators. Much of Bill Hely's information can easily be applied to keeping even the less experienced internet user out of the deep and murky depths of despair resulting from Hacker attacks, virus grief and spyware intrusions.  Visit now and Learn the Truths About Computer & Internet Security. (Bill expects to increase the price sometime in the near future. Visiting now could avoid that price increase)
I feel it's really worth it, even at a higher price. ... Richard

P.S. here's the link to Grisoft's AVG anti virus software, in case you
      missed it in a recent issue                                      
... R

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Reviews of the News (some encouraging news about controlling SPAM,  pornography, and Consumer Personal Information)

Spam suppression efforts and results

   Federal Bureau of Investigation
Cyber Investigation activities that we may not have heard about, but are pleased to know are ongoing. (from the website report on their current investigation activities)
           Operation "Web Snare"

Operation Web Snare is a coordinated effort targeting an expansive array of Cyber Crime schemes victimizing individuals and industry worldwide. This initiative highlights numerous investigations that have been successfully advanced through coordination of law enforcement, and a growing list of industryand international partners.

The development of international resources is closely coordinated with the DOJ, the U.S. State Department and a growing list of E-Commerce industry partners.

Criminal schemes included in this initiative include: criminal spam, phishing, spoofed or hijacked accounts, international re-shipping schemes, Cyber-extortion, auction fraud, credit card fraud, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Computer Intrusions (hacking), economic espionage (Theft of Trade Secrets), International Money Laundering, Identity Theft, and a growing list of “traditional crimes” hat continue to migrate on-line.

Operation Web Snare has been coordinated at the Federal level with the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Numerous state and local law enforcement agencies contributed significantly to this nitiative as well.

Operation Web Snare includes more than 150 investigations, in which more than 870,000 victims lost more than $210 million dollars. Through these investigations more than 300 subjects were targeted, resulting in 100 arrests/convictions, 116 indictments, and the execution of more than 130 search/seizure warrants.

Although significant in number, these investigations represent only a fraction of the Cyber crime problem, underscoring not only the need for sustained law enforcement focus, but the continuing development of expanded industry partnerships as well.

(We'll add more 'Good Guys' credits as the results come in, but here are our
 'Good Guy Check Marks' to date )
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"User Education" is the focus of our Firewalls and Virus Protection website and the "Security Alert News Reporter".  
How many of your IM and Chat Room Buddies are alert to the growing Instant Messaging threats?  In case you missed this FREE report on the Firewalls-and-Virus-Protection website, you can read it here.  Please print the report and share it with your family, friends and associates.
  As a P.S. to the above comment, encourage your friends to check out our new "Security Alert Blog". The most recent Blog entries include these helpful and timely posts:
        2 posts on our experience to date with the Mozilla Firefox Browser
  Updating to the latest version of Firefox
  How to protect against the latest Firefox vulnerabilities
 ▪  Are PC users ready for another Operating System?
▪  Instant messaging - the Hacker's newest target
  There are dozens more posts available in the Blog Archives. Read our Blog Posts HERE. I urge you to Comment, Challenge and add your own opinions to ours.                             
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Are you campaigning with us? (Computer Virus Awareness Campaign)
  Please help us help your family, friends, and associates enjoy a safer and less frustrating internet experience. We encourage you to share this information with them or suggest they subscribe to the news letter below.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
All of us, too, need to act, by educating ourselves and by making sure we obtain the necessary programs to protect our computers.

Those programs include installing a firewall; installing and updating anti-virus software; using anti-spyware software that can identify and delete programs that have migrated to our computers; using spam filters to protect
e-mail; and downloading patches that update software.
Keep in mind that these programs are only as good as their latest updates!

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  They can subscribe here and we'll never share their information with third parties.

  If they are hesitant or uncertain about the benefits of visiting with us,
suggest that they review the help that's readily available at this one page summary of the Online Security Consideration and Protective Tactics that are designed to keep them be safe on the Internet. They Can Check out these Considerations and Tactics HERE.

And finally for this issue,
we hope you can take our one minute mini- survey (We'll give you a nifty and entertaining Free eBook on Coping With Your Stresses for your time) and visit our new Blog Pages, read our postings and contact us with your comments and opinions. Everything you have to offer will help us do a better job of helping you. Thank you. ...Richard
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