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Old 04.04.2011, 08:43
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Re: Is Computer Hacking a Big Problem in CH?

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IIf someone else uses it to commit a crime, I can easily prove it wasn't me
No, you can't. Good luck with that. Which is not to say that "they" will easily bust you for it, either, but any log files you've got are likely based on MAC address, which can be easily altered (the address; I'm not speaking of the logs here) and won't really hold up as a negative proof.

As for the OP, your description sounds most like a scam popup, as several other people here have pointed out. Do you only see it when web surfing? Do you have current and up-to-date antivirus software? If so, just ignore it and move on.

If, on the other hand, you're seeing some sort of warnings when all your web browsers are closed, you're likely infected with some sort of malware, and you'll want to have your system checked out by some PC guy.

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Hi there, we have only been in Zurich for four months and both my husband and have both experienced some one trying to hack into our Laptops a couple of times since we have been here. Thankfully we have all the Firewall protections on both our Laptops. The Warning that came up whilst it was happening was very different to any we have seen before.
You mention your firewalls. Are you running a third-party software like Zone Alarm? I remember from my PC days that products like that often pop up warnings about the kinds of network traffic they're blocking; it's a sort of "look at me, I'm saving you, I'm money well-spent!" sort of ad, but nothing to worry about if that's the case.
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Old 05.04.2011, 01:53
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Re: Is Computer Hacking a Big Problem in CH?

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No, you can't. Good luck with that. Which is not to say that "they" will easily bust you for it, either, but any log files you've got are likely based on MAC address, which can be easily altered (the address; I'm not speaking of the logs here) and won't really hold up as a negative proof.
Well, true, but why'd anyone go through the trouble of spoofing their MAC address and still use their own IP? If I'm to do something wrong, I'd probably go through a public wifi and possibly chain multiple proxies...Spoofing my Mac is not significant then... if I'm connected to a public or an unsecured wifi(that I don't own).

You are right about third party firewalls though I remember the days when I was them, and every now and then they'd pop up and alarm in RED saying "You've been attacked!"... just to prove that they were doing stuff.. Not saying they are completely useless, especially if you don't have your own ADSL modem/router (which most people have these days anyway).
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Re: Is Computer Hacking a Big Problem in CH?

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Well, true, but why'd anyone go through the trouble of spoofing their MAC address and still use their own IP? If I'm to do something wrong, I'd probably go through a public wifi and possibly chain multiple proxies...Spoofing my Mac is not significant then... if I'm connected to a public or an unsecured wifi(that I don't own).
Plausible deniability? After all nobody would be that daft....

Again, "hacking" in Switzerland is just the same as anywhere else on the Internet - anyone can be the perp and anyone can be the victim. Technical measures and sensible use of the Internet is key.

www.secunia.com/psi is a nice tool for windows users. Get a modern browser - that is Chrome, IE9 or Firefox 4. Add Ghostery and NoScript if possible.

Most importantly, if you get notification of something that seems too good to be true - it's a scam.

If you get a security warning popup, close all browsers and wait. If the alert pops up again it is either real or you're infected. You have antivirus and antimalware software, don't you?
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Re: Is Computer Hacking a Big Problem in CH?

Was the hacker called Swassie?
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Re: Is Computer Hacking a Big Problem in CH?

Addition to the Observation on setting the Wireless Router security. Avoid providing an Open interface as its inconvenient to loose your computer whilst proving that illegal downloading was not you. WEP is false security avoid it like the plague, your innocence becomes harder to believe. Make sure the WPA or WPA2 password you select is not in the dictionary and not a variation on a theme. For example Asterix written as Ast3r1x is very weak. Also the ESSID you chose should be random, long and not in the dictionary. Make sure the ESSID and password are different (My neighbour temporarily lent me his connection and explained that both were set to the same value!). If your feeling up to it and your wifi router allows it - define the list of allowed MAC addresses (BSSID). Restricting the BSSIDs that can connect will not secure your connection, but make other households Access Points easier to mess with than yours. Ultimately its the same psychology as home security - if you have a burglar alarm and the neighbour doesn't...
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