Sep 11, 2006 Blog General
It’s time to put add some spin to this site. I’ll be taking the big leap of faith from b2evoltion v 0.9.1 to the current v 1.8.1 RC. It’s a “leap of faith” because I have several mods and hacks that I’m afraid won’t port over. But I’ll try anyway. The biggest concern I have is my captcha mod won’t make it. This has cut the spam numbers significantly, but instead I get the benefit of using b2e’s Antispam central repository again, something which I have greatly missed since they made it available only for 1.0+ versions.
So what else is in store for TJMS? Well, I think for starters I’m going to cut the content down on the homepage. I’ll stil use b2evo, but I’m going to try creating a summary page to use as the index.
I’ll also try out a new theme. Or make one of my own (less likely to happen). Something fresh and different. There aren’t too many b2e themes out there, so I’ll have to find something creative.
More content, targetted content even, may be in the future too. Maybe a twist of themes. Perhaps a portfolio page. And a links page. Who knows, but something’s gonna change.
Sep 5, 2006 Blog General
Are phishers getting desperate?
Everyone and their email-address-enabled-Dog has received illegal attempts to siphon out your Paypal account by disguising as an “Update your account now” or “Please update your password” type of official looking messages from unknown sources. I’ve even seen them for Ebay, Bank of America, Chase, and Wells Fargo.
But today was a first. I received one for Western Union. Western Union!? I don’t have an account with WU, but I do know that there are many account holders nationwide. It just doesn’t seem to me that it would be worthwhile for phishers to phish for WU accounts. Perhaps if the accounts had a positive balance, but how many WU accounts have a positive balance? I’d imagine large corporate accounts might, but individuals usually are send money or cash out money in a one way transaction and are done. No balance necessary. Is it that worthwhile for a phisher to illegally scam access to WU accounts to sit and wait for a year or two in hopes that someone sends money to their illgotten account code?
One thing I know and I’m not giving credit to, is that Western Union is used frequently to send money to college students and family members out of the country. Perhaps this is the target of the scamsters since those accounts are usually active and sometimes do hold a positive balance. It’s just the average American who has probably already drained all the money out of their non-interest bearing WU accont.