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Roman Wanderaugh's Travel Tips - COMPUTER VIRUSES ARE RAMPANT IN CAMBODIA & THAILAND

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When you use a public Internet shop/cafes in Cambodia or Thailand it's like walking through a field of landmines. If you get to the other side without getting blown up you can consider yourself lucky.

 

Monday August 31, 2009

INTERNET CAFÉ USERS BEWARE

This month CNN televised a report how dangerous it was to use WiFi since your information can easily pirated. They showed and example how it can be done when an unknowing individual was pirated using the WiFi in an airport terminal.

Though the service is FREE in Singapore it is not free in Cambodia or Thailand where another set of pirate problems exist. When traveling many tourists use Internet café's and that is where many of the pirate problems and virus infections of your flash drive begin.

When you use a public Internet shop/cafes in Cambodia or Thailand it's like walking through a field of landmines. If you get to the other side without getting blown up you can consider yourself lucky. After contracting computer viruses on our flash then inserting it into our computers they became infected thus requiring repairs and down time as well as lost work and information for documents that weren't backed up. The result being is since that time before using a public computer WE CHECK IT OUT.

During our research we came across a shop near the University of Cambodia that stored an enormous amount of porn in what they refer to as their Entertainment folder. They had concerns about the amount of viruses they had in their system. When it was pointed out that the porn they had can attract viruses, malware and spyware the listened but had no comment. When a notice by McAfee regarding the matter was pointed out to them they ignored the information. The shop's primary business is from students.

Prior to their virus problem the shops computers didn't have instant messaging. Sine Instant Messaging appeared on their equipment their virus problem surfaced. Beware many of the Instant messaging programs are set up to open automatically to a designated address when a user opens up a browser. Internet shops also use local area networks that can attract more problems.

According to Wikipedia local area networks can facilitate the spread of malicious code. Today's viruses may also take advantage of network services such as the World Wide Web, e-mail, Instant Messaging, and file sharing systems to spread.

Also posted on Wikipedia plugging in a flash drive from an unknown source is an unwise move. USB Switchblade, and other similar tools, have made U3 flash drive attacks trivial. Given the ease of writing script based attacks, anti-virus software may be ineffective in preventing data and password stealing. Social Engineering: The Conficker worm in action

With a standard flash drive, social engineering attacks can be employed to entice a user to click on the appropriate item in the AutoPlay dialog. An alluring action string promising free games or pornography would lure many users into the trap. At any time, double clicking on the drive icon will use the autorun.inf automatically; a trap more advanced users could fall into.

Any user can configure AutoPlay to make various decisions for them; by checking the appropriate box in the AutoPlay dialog, running flash drive malware becomes silent and automatic.

AutoRun malware has been extended to use hard drives, picture frames and other digital devices. Care in dealing with external devices is a security priority.

In some instances the shop owner themselves are guilty of neglect. They have control of the computer you use and can access your information from another computer terminal. Terminals are tied together and in most cases function off one server.

Most of the shops do not have anti-virus programs. In part they say they cannot afford it. For some they simply don't care. For those that do they purchase a pirated copy of a program for that year i.e. 2009 at a video store. Our most recent test revealed that an Internet Café in Phnom Penh was using a BAKV antivirus program from 2006. The program did not qualify for an update. After they install a program it has a limited time of use before it expires.

In many cases their pirated programs expire after one month from the time it was installed. Shops then change to another virus program from another company when their pirated software program expires. When the programs are released for the year 2009 it is copied from a program released or updated at the end of 2008. Since it's a pirated copy it can't be updated for the thousands of new viruses released weekly. When the Conficker virus was released on April 1st the programs they previously purchased for the year didn't recognize Conficker thus the virus spread when users inserted their flash drives.

When virus problem was pointed out at one shop and they were questioned why they didn't try to eliminate the problem the reply was, "This is my shop I can do what I want."

Another shop on the riverfront in Phnom Penh was sold in April by the three sisters who owned it. The sisters were meticulous about servicing and maintaining their equipment. They always had an anti-virus program. They had signs on the computers for the customers not to download pornography since they contain viruses and pop-ups.

Part 2: AUTO RUN EXE. - RECYCLER VIRUS

Part 3: WHAT IS A COMPUTER VIRUS?


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