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Internet security troubles

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Joris, Sep 6, 2002.


  1. About fifteen minutes ago I was surfing for free porn (any guy who denies doing this, ever, is a liar). I have an effective pop-up stopper running, and ZoneAlarm 3.1.291 activated. Yet some idiot managed to break in, terminate my normal dial-up connection and connect to their own (E 0,70 per minute) server.

    How's this possible?

    More important: does ZoneAlarm suck that bad?

    Even more important: how do I cut those bastards off?
     
  2. Originally posted by Joris

    About fifteen minutes ago I was surfing for free porn (any guy who denies doing this, ever, is a liar). I have an effective pop-up stopper running, and ZoneAlarm 3.1.291 activated. Yet some idiot managed to break in, terminate my normal dial-up connection and connect to their own (E 0,70 per minute) server.

    How's this possible?


    What evidence do you have that another connection was made from your computer? Are you sure your machine didn't just reconnect?

    More important: does ZoneAlarm suck that bad?

    If it is like the dozens of other similar applications that I have seen over the years... yes.
     
  3. It was pretty darn obvious. I could see them connecting rapidly to a different telephone number.

    I can see why a free firewall isn't as good as a pro one, but a break-in this obvious?
     
  4. Originally posted by Joris

    It was pretty darn obvious. I could see them connecting rapidly to a different telephone number.

    How could you see them? Did a dialog box pop up saying:

    "Hackers are using your computer to dial XXX-XXXX"?

    I can see why a free firewall isn't as good as a pro one, but a break-in this obvious?

    It doesn't sound like a break in to me at this point.
     
  5. Ok, I opened up a page, and didn't know what was on it, beforehand. The next thing I know, all Explorer windows are automatically closed, the "Connected" symbol disappears from my system tray, and a new window says "Connecting to......"

    I think that qualifies as a break-in.

    I didn't ask for a E 0,70 per minute connection, nor did I ask for them to close all windows.
     
  6. Originally posted by Joris

    Ok, I opened up a page, and didn't know what was on it, beforehand. The next thing I know, all Explorer windows are automatically closed, the "Connected" symbol disappears from my system tray, and a new window says "Connecting to......"

    I think that qualifies as a break-in.

    I didn't ask for a E 0,70 per minute connection, nor did I ask for them to close all windows.


    Well... It sounds like the site you went to had a handy dandy little app. to make a connection, then dial said connection into their service for you to give you quick and easy (but not cheap) access to hot sexor action.

    The moral of the story is to watch where you click and remember that if a web site looks seedy, it probably is. :)
     
  7. =^..^=

    =^..^=

    Jan 25, 2001
    Stuck on a rock !
    I've got the Zone Alarm Pro version - I've noticed in the past when I've created and used a new Dial up Networking link (DUN) that Zone Alarm spotted it and asked did I want to use it.

    Did the site create a new DUN or change the phone number on the existing one ?
     
  8. BaroqueBass

    BaroqueBass

    Jul 8, 2000
    Salem, OR
    that is a worm, which will more than likely charge to a company called Digitech. they're famous for this kind of thing. nobody "hacked" into your computer. it's just a program which disconnects you then calls a phone # and charges alot of money.. I've seen cases of $10 bucks a minute. zone alarm can do nothing.