Eastern Courier : July 6th 2011
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One wonders what kind of message the Bucklands Beach children are picking up from the objectors. To quote from the musical South Pacific: You ve got to be taught before it s too late Before you are six or seven or eight To hate all the people your relatives hate You ve got to be carefully taught Shame on the local politicians who have given support to this group of fear-driven people. Joyce Gibson Pakuranga Behind times Re Trevor King s letter. Mr King does not live in the Thurston College area. He lives in a very secure area of Howick. Fear of the unknown of what is going to take place at the Thurston Place College has called for hundreds of parents and other interested local parties to take on the Ministry of Education. It is not unselfishness or compassion that is needed. It is the fear of what could happen to the children who attend schools so close to this street. Mr King is 30 years behind the times. For the record Rotary does do a great job for the community but where does he think the money comes from for Rotary to hand out? It comes from community folk like family trusts and other charitable trusts that we are involved in. Never too old to help and care. Dale Bickerstaff Bucklands Beach Scammers tried to rob quake victims Christchurch was still shaking when ruthless overseas computer pirates tried to strip millions from the bank accounts of quake victims. Even now, as you read this, they could be trying to break into your internet and your savings. Or mine -- again. And they could be using your innocent computer to carry on their work without you having any idea -- a spammer in your works. This is how they tried to rob stricken Kiwibank customers after the big shakes: A hoaxing but con- vincing email told customers the Kiwibank computer system had been badly damaged. The message asked them to send their internet banking access numbers and passwords through a link to a rep- lica Kiwibank website. In fact Kiwibank had not lost any customer data. It acted quickly to tell its customers and make clear the bank would never request confidential bank details like account passwords through an email, says John Tulloch, spokesman for Kiwibank. Like so many other corporates Kiwibank will also never send any- one an email containing a link to internet banking. The facts: In April 2009 Microsoft research suggested 97 percent of all the world s email was spam/phish- ing, the computer pirate s weapon. But that s believed to have dropped in the last two years as technology and police act to combat botnets -- the networks of infected computers used to send out spam emails with- out their owners knowing. So at best 80 to 90 percent of email is still spam. The Ministry of Consumer Affairs: New Zealanders lose around $448 million a year to scam- mers. It talks about the current cold calling technical support scam -- presumably the one that warns you that your computer is about to implode -- which is doing the rounds. Seventeen percent of New Zea- landers were solicited with this type of phone call in the past six months. When the scam was covered by TVNZ s Fair Go in June it drew a complaint report every six seconds during the first 30 minutes after the programme ended -- and went on to 662 in that month alone. Warning: If some of the expla- nation and website details in this column feel as if you re trying to read Egypt s ancient Rosetta Stone, relax. It s simply everyday com- puters experts speak. But don t dis- regard it -- that could cost you your life savings. Here s a simple glossary and advice Kiwibank uses, passed on to me from Mr Tulloch: What is phi- shing and how do you deal with hoax emails? Phishing is the practice of send- ing random phony emails -- they could arrive from anywhere in the world -- claiming to come from a genuine company operating on the internet. These phishing emails usually claim it s necessary for you to urgently update or verify your customer account information. They usually urge you to click on a link which takes you to a bogus website. Any information you enter on that website will be captured by the criminals and used for fraudu- lent crime. What should you do if you get a hoax/phishing email request like this for your internet banking details? Don t reply to any emails requesting your internet banking login details. Delete it immediately. Do not click on any link provided in the email. Kiwibank, for instance -- and any reliable commercial inter- net user -- will never ask you for your internet banking login details by email. You can forward these types of emails to suspicious.email@ kiwibank.co.nz for them to investi- gate. New Zealand experts are on the case. These facts came to me from Chris Hails, senior cybersafety con- sultant, and a representative of the non-profit national cybersafety organisation NetSafe after I asked what New Zealand agencies are doing about the scourge here? He says: The New Zealand gov- ernment has already taken steps to combat international cybercrime and has signalled its intention to invest more in protecting everyday Kiwi computer users with new cyber security. It s available on: www.med.govt.nz/upload/ New%20Zealands%20Cyber %20Security%20Strategy %20June%202011.pdf). Moving on after you ve worked your way through that. The scam and phishing emails you describe are indeed sent to try and trick you into revealing your bank or credit card details on fake websites or to convince you to send money in advance of receiving a supposed large lottery win -- hence the term advanced fee fraud . Spam complaints are dealt with by the Department of Internal Affairs Anti-Spam Compliance Unit based in Wellington. They do a great job raising awareness of common frauds but struggle against the sheer volumes sent. I recommend your readers visit www.scamwatch.govt.nz and sub- scribe to their alerts service, Mr Hails says. NetSafe last year worked with our partners including the Depart- ment of Internal Affairs, the Minis- try of Consumers Affairs and NZ Police to launch a national online reporting button called The Orb (www.theorb.org.nz). It s a website which allows the public to report online incidents for investigation and monitoring. The system has proved a handy early warning device allowing us to see increasing numbers of New Zea- landers being cold called by over- seas computer doctors and take steps to publicise the issue on national TV. NetSafe and our partners work hard to tackle the scam-phishing with limited resources and we wel- come the government s commitment to increasing education in this area. Your readers should bookmark The Orb website and visit Scam- watch to stay up to date on new threats. If you want to learn more about the various hooks used by online scammers I d suggest a visit to the Scam Machine at www.scam machine.org.nz. And here s an assurance from the Beehive. Steven Joyce, the minister in charge of government s cyber security strategy: Our increasing use of the inter- net and other digital technologies increases our vulnerability to cyber threats. Criminals are increasingly using cyberspace to gain access to personal information, steal busi- nesses intellectual property, and gain knowledge of sensitive government-held information for financial or political gain or other malicious purposes. An improved cyber security response is a shared responsibility. The government will continue to partner with industry and non- government organisations to ensure the initiatives are delivered in the most effective and efficient way. Deleting the crooks can t come soon enough. So here s a new war cry for you in their own lingo as you press your delete key or call in those crusading experts: Phish off, Spammers!
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