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20161120 - Weekly News

Postby dia » Sat Nov 19, 2016 9:16 am


The Resource Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday. The Resource Center will reopen on Monday, November 28, 2016.


The results of the election were announced at the Annual Meeting on November 14. For the calendar year 2017 your Directors will be:

President Bob Gentzler
Vice President Bob Manne
Secretary John Ambler
Treasurer David McCoy

All Things Images Education Group
Tuesday, November 22th, 4:00 PM - Led by Jolyn Bowler


Please let Jolyn know of any issues or interests you would like discussed and to let her know you will attend. She may be reached at jolyn.bowler@gmail.com.

Apple Education Group - Led by Wes Taylor and Judi Shade
Monday, November 28th, at 2:00 PM


On Monday, November 28th at 2 PM, the Apple Education group will change its format to a more sharing experience. Everyone participating is invited to bring in his/her favorite app, how it works and why he/she likes it. We all are anxious to get more out of our mobile devices and this should be a rewarding session for everyone. We look forward to see you all at 2:00 PM in the main meeting room at the Senior Center. No RSVP is required. Come and join the fun..

Apple ID Smishing Evolves to Lure More Victims
Posted by: Graham Cluley - welivesecutity.com, November 10, 2016

Smishing is nothing new. We’ve been warning readers of We Live Security about SMS phishing attacks (also known sometimes as SMSishing) for years.
But even if they’re not new, they continue to pose a threat to many smartphone owners and – in some cases – have even been seen to evolve as scammers attempt to trick more users into handing over their precious credentials.

The widespread popularity of Apple technology, in particular iPhones and iPads, has made the smishing of Apple ID passwords a focus area for some criminals.
In a typical campaign, messages are spammed out to smartphone users, containing a link. The messages will often suggest that your Apple ID has expired, or that your account has been temporarily frozen as a security measure until you have confirmed you are the real owner.
The intent of the scammer is always the same – to dupe you into clicking on a link which goes to a fake Apple ID login page. On that phishing page your Apple ID and password will be grabbed, and – in some cases – the attackers may push their luck even further by asking for your credit card details and other personal information.

And, as you can see from the following screenshot, the phishing sites aren’t just designed to entrap English-speaking Apple users.

CLICK HERE to read more.

PClock Ransomeware Hits Users Again
By Nelly Vladimirova - virusguides.com, November 17, 2016

A brand new spam campaign disguised as emailed fax messages is distributing a malware downloader which installs a CryptoLocker clone ransomware family, called PClock. The ransomware has appeared in January 2015, and Microsoft detected it as Ransom:Win32/WinPlock.B or WinPlock, though the infection is more common under the name of PClock.

The security expert Fabian Wosar from Emsisoft created a decrypter for the older versions of the ransomware, allowing users to decrypt their files for free. However, the PClock developers updated their code and broke the decrypter in May 2015. Since then, the victims of PClock could only restore their files from backup files or by paying the ransom.

Until now, the number of PClock infections has been low but steady. A while ago, Microsoft’s security team picked up a spike in activity from the group’s operators.

In the latest spam campaign, the creators of PClock are using emails disguised as fax messages, using a subject such as “PLEASE READ YOUR FAX T6931.” However, despite the boring title, the email contains a file called “Criminal case against you,” which might get many users’ attention.

The RAR archive contains a WSF file. As soon as the PC users download and open the archive, and execute the WSF file, a JScript function starts a series of operations which download and install a malware known as Crimace, detected as TrojanDownloader:JS/Crimace.A. This threat is a malware downloader, a trojan which connects to an online server and downloads and runs other malware. In this case, it is PClock.

The PClock ransomware has been posing as a CryptoLocker clone since its appearance, no matter that much more dangerous ransomware families have emerged later on. Besides, the developers of PClock have yet to find out how to host a decryption service on the Dark Web, which is the standard method for dealing with decryption operations, preferred by most high-end ransomware threats.

After spending about two years under cover, PClock has remained an entry-level operation, demanding victims to contact the ransomware creators via email.

Currently, there is only one thing which is different – the number of targeted files. Unlike the initial PClock versions which targeted only 100+ file types for encryption, the latest variant of the ransomware targets approximately 2,630 file types.
CLICK HERE to read.

Internet Is Becoming Unreadable Because of a Trend Towards Lighter, Thinner Fonts
Older people are struggling to read web pages because of typographic changes
By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor - telegraph.com, October 23, 2016

The internet is becoming unreadable because of a trend towards lighter and thinner fonts, making it difficult for the elderly or visually-impaired to see words clearly, a web expert has found.

Where text used to be bold and dark, which contrasted well with predominantly white backgrounds, now many websites are switching to light greys or blues for their type.

Award winning blogger Kevin Marks, founder of Microformats and former vice president of web services at BT, decided to look into the trend after becoming concerned that his eyesight was failing because he was increasingly struggling to read on screen text. He found a ‘widespread movement’ to reduce the contrast between the words and the background, with tech giants Apple, Google and Twitter all altering their typography.

True black on white text has a contrast ratio of 21:1 - the maximum which can be achieved. Most technology companies agree that it is good practice for type to be a minimum of 7:1 so that the visually-impaired can still see text.

But Mr Marks, found that even Apple’s own typography guidelines, which recommended 7:1 are written in a contrast ratio of 5.5:1.
Google’s guidelines also suggest a 7:1 contrast ratio, but 54 per cent opacity of display, which brings the ratio down to 4.6:1.

Mr Marks, who has been named one of the Telegraph’s 50 must influential Britons in technology, said the changes risk undermining the universal reach of the internet. “The typography choices of companies like Apple and Google set the default design of the web, and these two drivers of design are already dancing on the boundaries of legibility,” he warned on the technology site Backchannel.

“If the web is relayed through text that’s difficult to read, it curtails the open access by excluding large swaths of people such as the elderly, the visually impaired, or those retrieving websites through low quality screens.

CLICK HERE to read more.

NOTE: The HHICC Christmas party reached it's limit within 48 hours of the Evite going out to all members. There is a wait list, so please add your name there if you're interested now attending. To those of you who are on the confirmed attendance list, if you find your plans change and you aren't able to attend, please be courteous and cancel your reservation from the Eventbright site so we can move someone if from the wait list. CLICK HERE



Every Monday morning and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, a Mac member is at the Resource Center to answer your questions and help you through any issues.
You can also use the iMac computer, bring your laptop, or just come in to get information.
If you have any questions, contact Judi Shade at shade@hargray.com.

Assistance with Tablets

Resource Center volunteers are available to help members with their tablets:

iPad on Monday mornings (Judi Shade, Frank Sullivan and Ed Cliff); Wednesday mornings (Wes Taylor and Karen Kemp); Wednesday afternoon (Judi Shade); Thursday afternoons (Bob Gentzler and Melnee Kasper)
Android on Tuesday afternoons (Jolyn Bowler)
Kindle Fire and e-Readers on Monday mornings (Ed Cliff)
Microsoft Surface: Monday afternoons (Norm Galloway);Thursday mornings (Bob Rathke); Friday mornings (Emory Logan)

Please call the Resource Center (842-4475) to verify the volunteer you wish to consult is on duty that day.

Resource Center Substitutes!

Please consider adding your name to our Resource Center Substitute List. The Resource Center is open M-F, in two shifts, 10 AM-1 PM & 1-4 PM, with two volunteers per shift. You would be with a regular volunteer, helping members, and learning along the way. In addition, we will be instituting a training session so that you'll be able to hit the ground running. If you are interested, even if you only have one day of the week when you might be available, please contact Linda Jackson at volunteercoordinator@hhicc.org.
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