Sunday, January 20, 2019

Recent Sextortion email SPAM scam fakes, uses your contact friends email list against you

For the record, here's a recent sextortion SPAM email. In the past sextortion scam emails would just include a target's password that the attackers found from a data breach dump in order to scare the victim into thinking that the threats were real, to some site they mayhave visited, particularly if naughty.

Now the scammers are also pretending to have access to the target's email account by spoofing the sender of the scam email to be the same email as the victim.

This email has been recent circulating with Subject : Your Account Naftglow

Do not fret, they have not hacked your account. But it may have been in the past, check here

From: "Known Friend" <>
Date: January 17, 2019 at 10:16:39 AM PST
To: "YOU" <>
Subject: your account naftglow

You mау nоt know me аnd уоu аrе prоbably wоndеring whу you аrе getting this e mаil, right?
I'm а haсker who crаcked уоur dеvices a few months аgо.
I sent you an emаil from YOUR hаcked acсоunt.
I setup a malware оn the adult vids (pornо) wеb-site аnd guеss whаt, yоu visited this sitе tо hаvе fun (yоu knоw whаt I mеan).
Whilе уоu werе watching vidеоs, уоur intеrnеt browsеr stаrted оut funсtiоning as a RDP (Remоtе Control) hаving a kеуlogger which gave me aсcessibility tо уour scrеen аnd web саm.
аfter that, mу sоftwаrе program оbtainеd аll of уоur contaсts аnd filеs.

You еnterеd a passwоrds on thе websites уou visited, and I intеrсepted it.

Of coursе уou сan will сhаngе it, or alrеаdy сhanged it.
But it dоesn't mаtter, my mаlwаrе updаted it еvеry timе.

What did I dо?

I сrеated а double-screen vidеo. 1st pаrt shоws the vidеo yоu werе watching (yоu'vе got a good taste hahа . . .), аnd 2nd pаrt shоws the rесоrding оf уour web cаm.
Do not try to find аnd dеstroy mу virus! (All your data is аlrеadу uplоadеd tо a rеmоte sеrvеr)
– Do not trу tо сontaсt with me
– Variоus seсuritу serviсеs will not hеlp уоu; fоrmatting а disk оr destroying a dеvicе will nоt help eithеr, sinсе уоur dаta is аlready on a rеmotе sеrvеr.

I guаranteе уоu thаt I will not disturb yоu again aftеr payment, as уоu arе nоt my single victim. This is a hасkеr code of honоr.

Don’t be mаd аt mе, еverуоne has thеir own wоrk. 
eхactly whаt shоuld you dо?

Wеll, in mу opinion, $895 (USD) is а fair pricе for our little sеcret. You'll mаkе thе pаymеnt bу Bitсоin (if уоu do nоt know this, search "hоw tо buу bitcоin" in Gооglе).

My Bitсоin wаllet Addrеss:

(It is cAsE sеnsitivе, sо copу аnd pаstе it)

You havе 48 hоur in оrder to mаkе the paуmеnt. (I've а facebоok pixеl in this mаil, аnd at this moment I know that уоu have read through this еmail mеssage).
To traсk thе reading of a messаge and the асtions in it, I usе thе fаcеboоk piхеl.
Thаnks to thеm. (Evеrуthing thаt is used fоr thе аuthoritiеs can hеlp us.)
If I dо nоt gеt thе BitCоins, I will cеrtаinly sеnd оut уour video rесording to аll of уоur contacts including relativеs, coworkеrs, аnd so on. Hаving said thаt, if I reсеivе the paуmеnt, I'll dеstrоy the vidеo immidiаtеly.
If уоu need evidеnсе, replу with "Yes!" аnd I will certаinly sеnd out yоur video reсоrding to your 6 cоntаcts. It is а non-nеgоtiаble offеr, thаt being sаid don't wastе my pеrsonal timе аnd уоurs by rеspоnding to this mеssagе.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Microsoft Sets A New Employee Interview Standard Process

Hey companies wake up and smell the coffee, Microsoft has.

Microsoft has however been making an effort to improve their hiring process to make it more useful and inclusive, leading to what Microsoft has called the ‘Alternative Interview Framework’ which has the following 8 elements:

  1. Share the interview in advance
    Candidates are given the problem to be solved in advance so they can do research a few days before the interview.  This mirrors the real world, where problems are rarely a surprise.
  2. Use a real problem
    Candidates are tested on solving real-world problems such as improving customer satisfaction, increasing retention or boosting usage of a service or feature. This helps foster a collaborative conversation.
  3. Give access to data
    Candidates are given access to the same information Microsoft is working from, and during the interview, they are free to search the internet or ask for more data. This includes supplying a candidate with our customer research, usage data, designs and mock-ups.
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Friday, December 28, 2018

The State Of AI for Year Ending 2018

According to Geoffrey Hinton (University of Toronto, AI professor since the 1970s) and Demis Hassabis (DeepMind founder): Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is nowhere close to being a reality

" We don’t have systems that can … transfer in an efficient way knowledge they have from one domain to the next. I think you need things like concepts or extractions to do that,” Hassabis said. “Building models against games is relatively easy, because it’s easy to go from one step to another, but we would like to be able to imbue … systems with generative model capabilities … which would make it easier to do planning in those environments.” 

Hinton argues that AGI won’t so much make humans redundant, though. Rather, he says, it will remain for the most part myopic in its understanding of the world — at least in the near future. And he believes that it’ll continue to improve our lives in small but meaningful ways.

“[AI in the future is] going to know a lot about what you’re probably going to want to do and how to do it, and it’s going to be very helpful. But it’s not going to replace you. If you took [a] system that was developed to be able to be very good [at driving], and you sent it on its first date, I think it would be a disaster." Hinton says.