Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Adventures in phishing

Recently, Bev and I were awakened by what turned out to be a phishing call.  "Unknown Number," read our phone.  A thick-accented young man, yelling like his chair was on fire, informed us that our computer has a virus.  He wanted us to bring up a page and do something.  That's when I hung up.

He called back.  Bev hung up.

He called back again.

Me: Hello?
Him:  HELLO!  WE WERE CUT OFF?
Me:  I'm sorry?
Him: WE WERE CUT OFF.  ARE YOU THERE?
Me:  Yes.
Him:  YOUR COMPUTER HAS A VIRUS.  YOU HAVE TO...
Me:  Whose computer?
Him: WHAT?
Me: Whose computer?
Him: YOUR COMPUTER.
Me: (Click)

He never called back.  Anyway, I will cherish the "Whose computer?" "YOUR COMPUTER" exchange as long as I live.

If we'd asked him who we were speaking to, no doubt he would have responded, "ME."

Lee

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Well, it looks like Christmas 2013 might not happen.... (-:

4Shared has disabled my "public sharing option" because of a copyright infringement complaint relating to one (or all?) of the tracks in my "Ghost on Christmas Eve" post.  The 1956 Russ Morgan track?  Could that be it?  One of the obscure 45 rpm singles in the list?  Two 1950 Merv Griffin sides???

It's beyond belief, isn't it?

I'll have to clear out of 4Shared.  I haven't gotten through their mile-long email yet, but it appears that my 4Shared days are done.  I'll need to clear out my files, lest the intrepid copyright cops find more 40 to 75 year old recordings, ripped from the source, that I'm not allowed to share with fellow members of my species.

I wonder what portion of the public knows what's actually happening here?  That is to say, I'll bet most people assume the copyright cops are going after those who pirate and sell current, best-selling material.  I doubt they picture someone like me getting desist-or-perish-grams for (true story) posting a 1977 Andy Williams single or, in this case, posting a group of obscure 45s, including a 1956 Russ Morgan (Russ who?) kiddie record.  With no charge, except to myself.  (By the way, apparently I'm allowed to buy old records; I'm just not allowed to share them.  How long before listening to them is declared a violation against the recording industry?  Stay tuned.)

They've won.  We've lost.  What else is new?