I just got a call from "Microsoft technical department global services"

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by Virus Guy, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. Virus Guy

    Virus Guy Guest

    Well actually it was my SO that answered the phone, and as I heard the
    conversation from my side it sounded way more than just the average
    telemarketer phone call.

    Who-ever this person was, they seemed to want to impress on recipient
    that their computer was infected with something.

    I told my SO to tell them that we have a MAC computer - an Apple (not
    Microsoft / Windows). This seemed to throw the caller a little bit, but
    they pressed on with their script.

    The caller, with a very noticable east Indian accent, identified
    themselves as calling from "Microsoft technical department global
    services" and repeated several times that we "have a virus / severe
    dammage to your computer / in two days".

    My SO remembers getting a similar call like this a couple months ago.

    Call display says the call originated from (202) 239-6000 (which I know
    is rarely accurate and can be easily forged).

    A little bit of googling came up with this:

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-security/phone-call-from-someone-claiming-i-have-a-virus
    /4489f388-d6de-416d-9158-0079764bb001

    (it's a long URL - reassemble if necessary)

    It looks like this is some sort of scam to enable remote assistance or
    desktop sharing or something like that (as a windows 98 user, you'll
    have to excuse the fact that I'm not up-to-date as to all the ways that
    a win-2k/XP/vista/7 computer can be taken over by in-built tools,
    services, mechanisms and programs).

    This is pretty brutal that hackers are resorting to picking random phone
    numbers and using telephone contact to gain access to their computer.
    It must mean that electronic methods (malicious e-mail, web-hijacking,
    etc) are failing more and more often these days.

    If they call again, I'll be sure to take the call and see exactly where
    this goes / how it's done.
     
    Virus Guy, Mar 24, 2011
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    Virus Guy Guest

    No. I was curious as to how the caller would respond or change their
    strategy if their basic premis (that the target is running Windows) is
    false.
    I do have NAV 2002 installed on this machine, but that's only because
    I'm not motivated enough to uninstall it. It's the only AV program that
    I've ever installed on my win-98 machines, and they've never detected
    any mal-files that I didn't already know were on my system(s).

    PDF files can't auto-execute or auto-render themselves on my systems,
    and my hosts files have entries that block many / most / all major
    ad-servers and click-trackers. My web-browsers give out fake user-agent
    information so that if any webserver wants to send me malware designed
    for my browser and OS, it will send me patently wrong infectors or
    exploits.

    AV / AM threats against me and my win-98 systems are simply a non-issue,
    and have been for at least the past 5 years, and I don't see that
    changing going into the future.
    There really are no exploits (like network worms) that work against
    win-98. If win-98 was ever exploitable (and I believe secunia.org has
    the answer to that) I think it was because of IE. None of the PDF
    exploits that surfaced starting 3 or 4 years ago were functional on
    Acrobat reader 6.x running on win-98.

    There maybe some unpatched IE6 exploits (although I believe the majority
    of those are documented to work against win-2k/XP moreso than win-98).
    Many or most of the IE6 patches released for win-2k since the end of
    support for win-98 (July 2006) and the end of support for win-2k (last
    year?) are fully transplantable / usable on win-98 (not that I think
    that they are useful on a win-98 system from an exploitability pov).
    It might be quite a while. We'll see...
     
    Virus Guy, Mar 24, 2011
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  3. Yep, it's closet gayspeak for boyfriend. :eek:P
     
    FromTheRafters, Mar 24, 2011
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    Peter Foldes Guest

    Idiot and a Troll is what you are BD

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    Peter Foldes, Mar 24, 2011
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  5. Yes.
     
    FromTheRafters, Mar 24, 2011
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    Dustin Guest

    What is an SO?
     
    Dustin, Mar 25, 2011
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    G. Morgan Guest

    "Significant Other" it sounds like in context.
     
    G. Morgan, Mar 25, 2011
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    Dustin Guest

    Ahhh... I was thinking, Senior Officer or something..
     
    Dustin, Mar 25, 2011
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    Dustin Guest

    ahahahahaha
     
    Dustin, Mar 25, 2011
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