Archive for January 6, 2019

Happy New Year… Here’s Another Email Extortion Phishing Scam For You To Be Aware Of

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 6, 2019 by itnerd

This latest email based extortion phishing scam is designed to tug on your heartstrings. But don’t be fooled. It is a scam and the low life scumbags behind it don’t deserve any of your money. Here’s the latest scam email that a reader forwarded to me:

Hello,

As you can see from the subject of this email your account has been compromised, you can also see i have sent you this email from your own account to show you i have full access to it. I also know one of the passwords you used to use was [PASSWORD REDACTED]. Read this FULL email to find out what to do and what happened.
You visit adult websites on a regular basis. One of these websites was injected with a backdoor i created. This backdoor installed itself onto your system giving me FULL access to it. I have downloaded all your files, contacts, information, etc.
Furthermore from time to time i activated your camera and recorded some videos and took some shots of you while you “satisfied” yourself watching adult content. Don’t be alarmed, read on and i will tell you what to do.

I reside in a country where it is very hard to support my family, this is why i do this, you are not targeted by me, you just visited the wrong site at the wrong time.

I could send all the nasty videos and pictures along with all the information of all the sites you visit and all your files to all your contacts, friends and family but i don’t think you want me to do that. This will have a very negative impact on your social life, infact this will end your social life, imagine the disgrace! So read on and find out what to do.

When you opened this email my system activated a timer, from now on you have 8 hours to make a donation of $550 or 480€ to this bitcoin address: [BITCOIN ADDRESS REDACTED] (copy paste this, it is case sensitive).
If you don’t know how to use bitcoins use any search engine, it is very easy and there are alot of websites selling bitcoins instantly using your debit or credit card.

Think of this as a donation for me to support my loved ones.

My system will monitor the given bitcoin address for any transactions. If you do this within the given timeframe my system will automatically delete the videos, pictures and information i have of you and the backdoor will close itself and you will never hear from me again and you can go on living your life like this never happened.
If you don’t do this my system will automatically send all information of the websites you visit, all the videos i recorded and the pictures i took to all your loved ones, contacts and friends when the timer ends. Furthermore your system will lock up and you will never be able to use it again! Don’t let this happen, remember the impact this will have on your social life!

It does not matter how many times you change your passwords, my backdoor will always grant me access to your system.

Try to think of this as a contribution for somebody trying to feed his family. I am sorry i have to do this but i will do whatever it takes to support my family.

Your time is counting!

Good luck!

Now the only “proof” that they provide is the fact that the scumbags behind this allegedly have sent this from your email address and the password that was allegedly used at the time (which in this case was changed many years ago). When I examined the email I discovered that while it does display the email address of the targeted individual, it was actually sent from a server called slot0.ghdajkghet.tk which is located in Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand located in the South Pacific as opposed to GoDaddy which is where the email of the targeted individual was actually hosted. As for the part of needing to do this to support their family, even if that were true it is not an excuse to engage in criminal behavior as this is what this scam is. The bottom line is that if you get an email like this, delete it and move on with your day. And if you want to see the numerous variants of this scam, click here as I have documented as many as I can to ensure that you don’t become a victim.

Apex Learning Acquires Youth Digital Project-Based Technology Courses

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 6, 2019 by itnerd

Apex Learning, a recognized pioneer and innovator in online learning for secondary education, is delighted to announce the acquisition of Youth Digital’s library of project-based technology courses. In courses ranging from coding and design to gaming and animation, students are empowered to go beyond being tech users to become creators. Students use industry-standard tools to complete projects such as developing an iOS or Android app, creating a 3D video game, or designing a fashion collection.

Founded in 2010 and based in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, Youth Digital is committed to making technology education accessible to K–12 students globally. Since its inception, the company has reached more than 100,000 students through its popular summer camp programs and expanding portfolio of introductory and advanced online courses. Students from more than 100 countries have enrolled in Youth Digital’s online technology courses.

“We partnered with Apex Learning because we believe in the company’s mission to expand learning opportunities for middle and high school students,” said Justin Richards, CEO, Youth Digital. “This acquisition will provide even more students with access to technology courses, empowering them to go beyond what they believe they are capable of, which has the potential to fundamentally change the trajectory of their lives.”

Apex Learning will provide online support from experts to students enrolled in the technology courses to ensure they can successfully complete their coursework and projects. This gives school districts the opportunity to offer technology courses even if they don’t have teachers with expertise in the industry-standard tools, providing equitable access to all students.

“Not only is technology ubiquitous in the lives of today’s students, it has become as essential as reading, writing and arithmetic to prepare students for the future,” said Cheryl Vedoe, CEO, Apex Learning. “These technology courses engage students in problem-solving and critical thinking. Such skills and competencies are important to prepare students for the future and are applicable to any career, whether in technology or not.”

Ten technology courses will be available from Apex Learning for the 2019-2020 school year with the first of these courses available in January 2019. For more details about these technology courses, visit: https://www.apexlearning.com/technology-courses.

Parchman Vaughan & Company represented Youth Digital in this transaction.

About Youth Digital

Youth Digital offers a compelling mix of online courses that teach students the critical technology concepts and skills that they will need to be successful in today’s digital world. With courses designed to be fun, interactive, and rewarding, students become digital creators through their breakthrough learning platform and cutting-edge curriculum. Students watch video tutorials, respond to questions, earn badges, complete interactive quizzes, and attempt challenging assignments as they step toward mastering key technology skills and professional-level software.

About Apex Learning 

Schools and districts nationwide implement Apex Learning digital curriculum to personalize the learning experience and support success for all students-from those who are struggling to those capable of accelerating. Proven to increase outcomes, Apex Learning digital curriculum actively engages students in learning, with embedded supports and scaffolds to meet the needs of diverse learners. During the most recent school year, there were more than 3.6 million enrollments in Apex Learning digital curriculum. Headquartered in Seattle, Apex Learning is accredited by AdvancEd and its courses are approved for National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility. For more information, visit www.apexlearning.com or call 1.800.453.1454.