Sucuri – Saved Me From My Russian Malware Hack

What Happened To Me:
The last few days my site was acting weird and then the second day it tried to redirect me to some Russian site which then got flagged by my Google Chrome browser as malicious code. I tried to figure out what was going on but didn’t know where to look, and my WordPress was just update so I wasn’t sure what was wrong with it. After a good hour of Googling and checking forums I would a few things to look for in the index page and several other pages but still I was getting redirected. After looking at a few forums I found Sucuri which is a company that does exactly what I was looking for it identifies and monitors websites using any time of platform, and in my case WordPress, and they help you remove the malicious code.

What is Sucuri and What Do They Do:
The Sucuri Web Integrity Monitor detects unauthorized changes to your websites, DNS, Whois and SSL Certificates. They Scan your web site for malware, virus, spam and many other security issues. Even if your using WordPress, Joomla or Mediawiki. With the support

What I Did:
I found some scripts here and there, and deleted them but they were still all over the place. After a good amount of Googling I found that Sucuri is one the good Malware monitors and removal services for a very reasonable price, for $90 a year they monitor and update your site after 3 hours and if something is wrong you just submit a ticket and they get right to it. After giving them my login information and my ftp information I sent my trouble ticket for Malware removal since I couldn’t find it all myself and Chrome was still flagging my website and trying to install malicious software from a Russian website. AFter submitting the ticket and a set of questions I got an email back about 4 to 5 hours later with an update on all the areas that were cleared and that we are good to go and I have not been blacklisted by any website yet which is fantastic. Honestly I recommend anyone who faces a malware issue to get Sucuri right away and let them handle, they did a fantastic and smooth job with me.

Next Steps After Clean Up:

  • Update All Your Website Software – Which They Were Thanks To Jacqui
  • Change Your Website Login Passwords – Making Them Even More Complex To The Point I Might Forget Them

Link: Sucuri

Password Gained!

Its one of those things that you never really think would happen to you and then it does, and you have to deal with it. A lot of people have had their usernames and password comprimised by Playstation Network and were recommended to change their usernames and passwords if they use it in other locations. Now it has happened to me and luckily I managed to recover the accounts, surprisingly it happened to three of my accounts: A Bank, Amazon, and Hotmail.

In my case I did use my username and password but I honestly didn’t think of changing anything though I’m usually very paranoid about these things. I try to keep as many different usernames and password for different sites as possible not including what I use for my machines which is very different.

The only one they managed to get through to was the Amazon Account and I checked right away that nothing was ordered or changed in any of the details so I changed my password to something very difficult and hoping that it will do. The password is a combination of Letters, Numbers & Symbols making it very difficult to figure out unless they cracked my machine and are copying my usage of the passwords.

They tried reseting my password to hotmail several times but luckily it was sent to one my other emails so I managed to cancel it and notify hotmail and made changes right away.

Luckily the bank is a European Bank and head several layers of protection so they didn’t get too far with it and I was notified right away.

This was strange that it all happened in 24 hours so I changed most of my passwords and some of the usernames where I could, it did freak me out but I’m hoping these will hold. You don’t realize how much you are connected online and how vulnerable you are until something such as this happens.

Major Tip:

Make sure to have a complex password and use different passwords for different websites, that is the only thing that really saved me. I know it sounds difficult but the extra effort will save you, and make sure to familiarize yourself with the password recovery process of the websites that you constantly use and what you can do to protect yourself.

BMW High Security Vehicles

I know BMW made some beefed up cars, but I thought aftermarket companies made them ready for battle, not a division of BMW. They really take a lot into consideration, completely re-engineering the car carry the extra weight and the different mechanisms to handle the extra security. Its cool that the cars can with stand high caliber bullets and some even prepped to handle mines, the best part of the video is watching them shoot at the cars, I want that job.

Link: AutoBlog

Flights To The US

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This new Nigerian terrorist attack on Delta Airlines has led to increased security on all flights inbound to the US. This is just some of the new unknown rules that have just popped up, expect some new streamlined FAA rules to come out soon.

Some New Rules:

  • No Electronics on the Flight to the US, no laptops, gaming machines, iPods, nothing
  • You have to remain in your seat when there is an hour remaining until the plane lands, no bathroom breaks, can’t reach for your bag, remain stationary
  • Completely random and unexpected types of searches to be commencing at the airport

TSA Update:
2. IN FLIGHT
During flight, the aircraft operator must ensure that the following procedures are followed:

  • 1. Passengers must remain in seats beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.
  • 2. Passenger access to carry-on baggage is prohibited beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.
  • 3. Disable aircraft-integrated passenger communications systems and services (phone, internet access services, live television programming, global positioning systems) prior to boarding and during all phases of flight.
  • 4. While over U.S. airspace, flight crew may not make any announcement to passengers concerning flight path or position over cities or landmarks.
  • 5. Passengers may not have any blankets, pillows, or personal belongings on the lap beginning 1 hour prior to arrival at destination.

From the reports, the guy had some explosives in his boxers, which will lead to some very embarrassing and disturbing searches, I don’t know what else they plan on diong to beef up security. Luckily the guy was subdued by the passengers, who I’m assuming knocked him out unconscious when they knew what he was doing.

Link: Gizmodo

Knight XV

Now this is an interesting machine, you would think with the economy and gas prices as it is that they would make a higher end hybrid, but not for Conquest Vehicles. They have made a monster of an SUV, dutefully named KNIGHT XV, and their catch phrase is “Are you ready to be Knighted?”

At $295’000 only 100 of these are made a year, with a V10 heart pumping 400 bhp and 500 torque. And all I want to do is drive this monster into a wall and see what KITT has to say.

Features:

  • Wilton Wool carpeting
  • Andrew Muirhead leather
  • 6-way seating
  • Tandem sunroof glass with privacy shades S
  • ide-mounted laptop stations
  • LED cabin lighting
  • Alpine DVD navigation and Bluetooth setup, TVs
  • Night vision and rear op camera system
  • PlayStation 3

Link: Uncrate

New Speeding Cameras???

Ok people, we need to clarify this ASAP. I saw this on the street between Bida’a and Salwa by the seaside. These look like strange new speeding cameras or some sort of surveillance. This never went to the news or what exactly they are doing with these. There is a stop that says you have to stop when the red lights are flashing but what if you don’t stop since it isn’t a traffic light and what does the cameras exactly mean, this is very worrying. I usually don’t care about speeding cameras, and I don’t speed in that area, but then there are the pictures of the back of bikes. If anyone can shed a light on the situation please do.

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