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Spam aimed at Office 365 Users

I had this email through this morning. For about a second, I almost believed it! I know that currently Microsoft are making a number of improvements to Office 365.

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Who the spammers are really targeting!

Today I received a possible court summons to appear as a witness by email.  It claimed to be from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS); but was obviously a spam email – quickly confirmed by the use of the word Subpoena’ more usually called a ‘Summons’ in the UK.  This was confirmed when I hovered over the link “Start Time and Case Details”.This pointed to a PHP file on a Read More →

A Driving Licence for the Information Super Highway

When you speak with a car owner (any car owner); they will know the marque and model they own, the engine capacity, whether it is diesel or petrol. They may probably know what mpg they are achieving.

However speak with any computer user and ignorance reigns. If they have a problem with something on the internet and you ask what browser they use – the answer will probably be a blank look. Read More →

Feedback, Feedback

Just imagine that every time you did the weekly shop at the supermarket, you were pursued across he car park by someone with a clipboard asking you to “rate your experience”.  You would find that pretty annoying! Yet this sort of behaviour is becoming ubiquitous online.

These days, when you make an internet purchase, not only does one Read More →

Still Endearing

I received this spam email this morning (read and enjoy!)

Subject: Your cognizance is in great necessity

 Good Afternoon,

We have attained a payment from you for the draft of £ 1378. Please would you secure me with a remittance, in order for me to reconcile the pronouncing.

I will be sending you a outgiving of outstanding invoices tomorrow, the entire quantum of outstanding is £ 3264 less the 1 sum received making a entire outstanding of £ 1886. We would very much appreciate settlement of this. Read More →

Data Protection, European Legislation, and Farage

Keeping our data private to reduce the likelihood of identity theft or other crimes, or merely to avoid nuisance phone calls and emails; is something we all take for granted in this country. And most of us welcome it

If one books a foreign holiday through an agency here in the UK either in person or online; this will involve giving them some personal information. The holiday will involve accommodation in another country and could well involve Read More →

Targeted rather than a Blunderbuss

Localised Spam

In recent days, I have received a couple of examples of what I can only call ‘localised spam’. The first was from an SEO business in Macclesfield but was directed to a personal account rather than my business.
The second was from a Altrincham based IT Support company called ‘Black JJ’ – so quite local to me. What alerted me Read More →

New Tactic from the Spammers

(Or spam that is not so NICE!)

This morning, I received (in my personal mailbox), a different and disturbing form of spam (see below).

This one purports to come from NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) ;includes a cancer scare and the request to open an attachment. Two aspects at least were dead give-aways to me and would be to other knowledgeable people.  Namely NICE don’t deal with individual patients and the email started “Dear <full email address>” as opposed to Read More →

Why I find Spammers endearing!

It is messages like the one below which endear me to spammers, the language is so wonderfully awful!  I have visions of an enthusiastic cyber-criminal in some far flung corner of the globe, sitting with a biro in one hand and a language dictionary in the other, trying to compose the perfect hoax email.  Read on:


Security measures against impairment of the safety information
Leads us to a further improvement of the system soon.
To your account information secure and up to date, we have Intervals verified your identity.
Please go immediately and at the end of this process.
To confirm, please download the attached form by e-mail and fill it.
If this is not completed, we will be forced to suspend your account
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Thank you.

All rights reserved. Copyright   2013 PayPal Inc.


This reminds me of previous encounters where things had been “Lost in Translation”; such as the set of instructions translated from Japanese.  Or just as amusing; sitting in a French café looking at the back of the menu where there is information about the establishment in several languages.  One suspects that the proprietor’s daughter had done English at the Lycée, and he employed her to save money.  I particular remember premises being described as ‘Climatised’, when they meant ‘air conditioned’.  The French term of course being ’climatisée’.

The good news I suppose is that as long as the spammers keep on making mistakes we will spot them.

Cloud Computing on the cheap… on the “very-very-cheap”

One of the big positives about cloud computing is reducing costs.  As mentioned in another post, one of the savings is that smaller leaner equipment can be used, such as tablets and very basic PCs;  because the data storage and much of the processing in done in the cloud.

IPI am pleased to report as 2013 dawns that I have been able to access my emails and stored documents on my Office 365 account using nothing more than a ‘Raspberry PI’ – costing about £38.  This very basic computer aimed at the educational market, uses a Linux operating system and comes with three different browsers pre-installed.  One of these ‘Midori’, is the only one with the functionality to display office 365. Using it I was able to check and reply to my emails, as well as open documents on SharePoint and edit these using Office web apps.  For more information on the Raspberry PI see

On the downside, the experience did prove quite slow; and with Office web apps there is less functionality than with a fully installed Office suite.  But it does demonstrate that one can add users to a cloud environment quite cheaply.Outlook

Sure enough you need to have a spare monitor, keyboard, mouse etc. or purchase these.  Some of the items cost a few pounds, but a new monitor would cost twice as much as the PI itself!  But you can hook it up to a TV set.