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  • October 19, 2010
  • By John
  • Comments Off on Just say no to USB Drives
  • in geekstuff

Just say no to USB Drives

Earlier this week one of our friends lost her USB drive with her school work on it.  Needless to say she was quite upset.  Today I was working on a project away from my desk, had a call on my cell phone forwarded from my desk and I didn’t recognize the voice on the other end.  It was this is girl in a near panic.  She couldn’t get her drive to come up on any of her computers.  She was one of the new girls working for Extension so I went over to try and calm her down.  Sure enough, this was the only copy of her assignment and it was stuck on this usb drive. 

Plugged it into a few computers and sure enough, not even getting any power on the drive.  Opened the drive, no signs of water damage but the port did appear tilted.  As if the drive was plugged in at the same time it took a blow and bent the connectors. 

Talked to the girl and sure enough that’s what happened.  Going to try my skills at soldering to see if we can bring this back to life tomorrow.

Photo Oct 19, 10 05 34 PM

The moral of the story, don’t use USB drives for your important data and DON’T keep your important data in only once place.  A great alternative is Dropbox.  You can load this on any computer you use and it appears as a folder on your computer.  What ever you put in that folder automatically get’s replicated to all of the other computers you have the program on.  You can even load this on your android and iPhone.  It works on Mac’s and PCs.  If you want to share files with other drop box users you can.  Don’t have the ability to load the program?  you can still access your files with any web-browser. 

  • October 15, 2010
  • By John
  • Comments Off on IRS is spamming now?
  • in Stuff

IRS is spamming now?

This is one of the better schemes out there so far. 

I’ve gotten about four of these this week,

1st subject, Your Tax Payment ID: 0103349937 is failed.

2nd subject, Second Notice Your Tax Payment ID: 0103349937 is failed.

3rd subject, Final Notice Your Tax Payment ID: 0103349937 is failed.

So they are persistent little buggers.  Perhaps this IS legit? 

The message continues…

Your Federal Tax Payment ID: 01037599881 has been rejected.
Please, check the information and refer to Code R21 to get details about your company payment in transaction contacts section:
http://eftps.gov/R21 +45. m iii. Miles G. DOROUGH, born 1806, died 26 May 1880. 16248793119031252065 Return Reason Code R21 - The identification number used in the Company Identification Field is not valid.
In other way forward information to your accountant adviser.
EFTPS:
The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System

Census of Shelby County, AL. 14162332706787694837
WARNING!
You are using an Official United States Government System, which may be used only for authorized purposes. Unauthorized modification of any information stored on this system may result in criminal prosecution. The Government may monitor and audit the usage of this system, and all persons are hereby notified that the use of this system constitutes consent to such monitoring and auditing. Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on this web site are strictly prohibited and are subject to prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and Title 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1001 and 1030.

The link above however actually links to, http://76.76.50.104/~dynamicd/ktn8eo/f8qocx.html which then redirects to http://eftpsid0353547.com/contacts/s3 

That domain is owned by..

Domain name: eftpsid0353547.com
Name servers:
    ns1.nameself.com
    ns2.nameself.com
Registrar: Regtime Ltd.
Creation date: 2010-10-15
Expiration date: 2011-10-15
Status: blocked
Registrant:
    Anton Robin
    Email:
    Organization: Anton Soft
    Address: Kolitina 16-4
    City: Moscow
    State: Moscow
    ZIP: 193009
    Country: RU
    Phone: +7.4956788435 
Administrative Contact:
    Anton Robin
    Email:
    Organization: Anton Soft
    Address: Kolitina 16-4
    City: Moscow
    State: Moscow
    ZIP: 193009
    Country: RU
    Phone: +7.4956788435 
Technical Contact:
    Anton Robin
    Email:
    Organization: Anton Soft
    Address: Kolitina 16-4
    City: Moscow
    State: Moscow
    ZIP: 193009
    Country: RU
    Phone: +7.4956788435 
Billing Contact:
    Anton Robin
    Email:
    Organization: Anton Soft
    Address: Kolitina 16-4
    City: Moscow
    State: Moscow
    ZIP: 193009
    Country: RU
    Phone: +7.4956788435

 

Lesson of the day: as legitimate as an email may seam to be, even if they DO use proper grammar, don’t click on links in email directly.  instead visit the home page of the source themselves.  Sure enough on the http://eftps.gov/R21 website, there is a notice,

Remember! EFTPS values your privacy and security and will never attempt to contact you via e-mail. If you ever receive an e-mail that claims to be from EFTPS or from a sender you do not recognize that mentions a payment made through EFTPS, forward the e-mail to phishing@irs.gov or call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1.800.366.4484.

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