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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Those Nasty 'Lil Buggers! 

What a BUMMER!     My laptop has been attacked by some type of replicating e-mail virus and I have been, without knowledge or participation, been sending SPAM to businesses all over the world through a fabricated jumble of letters and numbers attached to my business account.     Many of the ones sent were 'bounced-back,' rejected or otherwise returned.     And, the subject lines consist of 3-4 that are being rotated, such as "Featured Company In 52 Week High, "Refurbished Toner Market in 2005, "Featured Company Continues To Grow, and so on.     My business pursuits are all about writing, photography, interior design, and mixed-media art, and that is what my company represents.     I don't think I would be contacting "crimebusters of south africa" and a laundry-list of other organizations, businesses and individuals: (1) for any reason; and (2) definitely not to tout some other business' accomplishments.

Yesterday, I had to deal with over 500+ bounced/returned e-mails sent from my bogus e-mail accounts.     Since my last long-on yesterday, until I just downloaded my mail again this morning, I had received over 1,500+ bounced/returned e-mails sent from my bogus e-mail accounts . . . and more are downloaded every time my mail program checks for new mail!     I've ran several virus detection programs over the last few hours, and they have found a few bugs but, . . . I checked out the McAfee HackerWatch site and found that my general location within the U.S. (actually, right on top of where I live) is glowing bright red with a SEVERE ALERT for heavy hacker attack.

I have so many things running on my laptop now just to keep hackers out (since I'm running on a WiFi connection) -- so many, in fact, that it takes my laptop between 3-5 minutes just to boot up because of all the programs in the start-up menu.     The machine runs like a speed-demon once it is actually up and running but, just from a protection aspect, I can't use it quickly upon boot up. In scanning my system, the programs keep telling me there's a breach in the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP), a required protocol tightly integrated with IP.     Great . . . so, what does this mean in Southern English???

I just don't want my name (which is my business account e-mail name) flooding strangers all across the world with . . . you-know-what!


I haven't been around too much over the last few days . . . aside from some shocking flair-ups of pain in the foot/ankle and the hassles of keeping it evelated at all times . . . I've been trying to keep one step ahead of the spam overload.      So far, I've been fighting a losing battle.     Wish me LUCK!

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