Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tag : 4 things meme


this is Calanques Port-Pin

Another fun tagging from Leah, thanks and sorry for answering it a little bit late.

Here’s the rule:

Click copy/paste, type in your answers and tag four people in your lists! Don’t forget to change my answers to the questions with that of yours.

Question # 1. Four places I go over and over
My answer : Calanques of Marseilles, St. Baume, Luminy, Parc Borely

Question # 2. Four people who e-mails me regularly
My answer : Ate, Vic, Bev, Che


Question # 3. Four of my favorite places to eat?
My answer : Leyen (Jap Resto), La Femina (Couscous Restaurant), Miam Miam (Chinese Resto) & KFC Lol with no gravy :(


Question # 4. Four places you’d rather be?
My answer : Philippines, Italy, Australia and Japan


Question #5. Four TV shows I could watch over and over.
My answer : Faites entre l'accuser, DECO, DH, NCIS

Now, I am tagging the lucky 4 Bernadette Anne, Major Tom, Wil & Joanne.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Tag : The Name Game

After those not so good incidents (the Cetelem, the parking, the hacker and the problem of internet connection for 1 week) let’s go to the lighter side of life. That’s how I see my further existence even though I am confronted with exasperating situation I should be able to forget, laugh and go on as if nothing happened. Well, sometimes it is undeniably difficult to overlook what had happened but I am trying my best …my utmost best to be Zen. And because there is a beginning and an ending for all, I can say I am done with it. I am sure that there’s worse out there…I hope not ! Nevertheless, I will surely not let it pass without creating any trouble by having the capacity to solve the issue diplomatically and without stressing toooooo much (but I did, I swear).

Now , I’ll be doing a tag and pardon me for the late response Mahalia, just got busy and with all these unavoidable circumstances on the side, things aren’t just like the way I wanted them to be. It’s all about names and where did I get my kids’ name. In fact, it was my Honey who wanted to have a Filipino name for our children. When we learned that it will be a boy I hastily got a pen and a paper to list them down. Okay, I must admit it was not easy. I have checked sites to look for possible names unfortunately, there was no names that is pleasant to our ears ! Accordingly, we finally decided to name our first child Sébastien Dominique Angelo.

Sébastien - because Honey’s uncle from Corsica who was extra nice when he was young and that village people adored him because of his extraordinary kindness.

Dominique- it was her mother’s name (deceased when he was 16 yrs. Old)

Angelo- because I have always adore this name and I love collecting angels.

As for my second pregnancy, from the time we knew that I will have a baby girl I have checked my English-Tagalog Dictionary to look for Filipino names for a baby girl. Good thing, it was an easy choice ! The funny thing was Honey is in love with the name Liwayway or Liway and Luningning. I told him that names are okay but we could still find names beautiful than those (it doesn’t mean those names aren’t beautiful, they are). I just want to be more original. And so, in the end I found from my Tagalog-English dictionary Mayumi (modest or demure) that’s what the dictionary says. And Patricia for her second name after my Inay’s name (my Mom’s Mother). Well, we wanted to have both Filipino names but for Sébastien it was hard to find one. At least one French name and Filipino name anyhow that’s how typical mix cultures are.

Even though, a lot of new parents of mix cultures or France is their adopted country worry about not having a French name (family living in France) because it is a major obstacle particularly when looking for a job in France. There are a lot of cases that applicants who do not have French names doesn’t have equal opportunities compared to those who have French names. It is sad but it is true. Take this an example, a lot of Arabs and African origin change their names to have an equal opportunity. They no longer brag as regards to their ancestry in public to spare themselves from law and employers' discrimination. Dozens have opted for the new link of existence to escape from the cruel reality. With their new name, it gave them a job and put them on an equal balance with colleagues, who knew nothing about their past.

However, I personally don’t put too much weight on this. As long as we send our children to good schools, educate and give out the best in them. I believe not having a French name would not definitely a hindrance in the future. Education is their lifeline and the future will not depend on their names ! I just find it ridiculous if they judge applicants because one doesn’t have a French name therefore no job will be available! Or to some parents who want to name their kids according to their wish but hesitant of what the future entails (just because they don't have a French name). They are still little to put too much pressure on their names. And, changing names is not a solution to the problem…in France, égalite (equality) should be extended to everyone. The French democracy has 3 key philosophy: liberté (liberty), égalite (equality), and fraternité (fraternity). If society are firmly described by their rapport to the State, the logic makes sense.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Internet HIJACK !

After a week, I am quite released after the hacking incident. I was able to talk to my family and friends who have been chatting with the hacker pretending to be me. Good thing, they got my message before they could be trapped. Some got it late but very very few were deceived. And the only thing that hacker wants is a globe prepaid cards. Now, I can conclude that hacker is a Filipino. Probably, a young person who doesn’t have anything to do during the day except spending all the time in front of the computer. Playing games, learning new tricks which includes violating one’s privacy. And once privacy is violated he can get money and information out of it by using one's Yahoo ID.

In the Philippines, loading cellular phone is through prepaid cards. If you do not have a line you can ask someone or a friend to charge your cellular phones through one’s cellular phones. For the benefits of those who live abroad and not familiar with this prepaid. This is how it works :

A P500.00 Globe Prepaid Call & Text Card will not work without a Globe Prepaid SIM Card. It is non-refundable and irreplaceable. The worth on the card must be used within two (2) months from first use.

How to load prepaid: 1. Dial 223 and press SEND. 2. Enter the first ten digits of the PIN and press #. 3. Enter the last 6 digist of the PIN and press #. 4. A voice prompt will then confirm that the reload attempt is successful. This is what happened to my young cousin who lost 5k by reloading hacker's cellular phones.

Okay what is a hacker? This is to signify "a clever programmer" or "somebody who tries to smash into computer systems.As I searched for an explanation, according to Raymond he listed five possible characteristics that qualify one as a hacker.

• A person who enjoys learning details of a programming language or system
• A person who enjoys actually doing the programming rather than just theorizing about it
• A person capable of appreciating someone else's hacking
• A person who picks up programming quickly
• A person who is an expert at a particular programming language or system, as in "Unix hacker"

Now, how to track hackers and avoid them. Talking about my own personal experience what they do is :

1. Buzz you.

2. Sending you “Musta na?” (How are you?) Unfortunately, this is very ordinary so be very careful.

3. Nasaan or sino kasama mo? (Who’s with you or are you with someone?)

4. Anong oras na dyan ? (What time is it there?) Sometimes, this is common especially when you have many friends abroad. Time difference is important in catching up.

5. Sira yung webcam ko eh invite mo naman ako. Check ko lang kung okay. (My cam is not working please invite me. Will check if it’s okay.) If you are not sure ask the person first to invite you while chatting. Take note they can record images from your webcam, hacker did it to me. You will notice if the image becomes smaller, that is a good sign of hacking!

6. Meron daw kasing 1 hr. maintenance ang Yahoo dito. (There is a 1 hour yahoo maintenance here) If they know your abroad they might use it against you. So do not store important information in your inbox like bank accounts, address, telephone numbers and vice versa. It would be safer to keep it with you. My friend stored a lot from her inbox even her bank accounts, the bank called her that someone is impersonating her. Good thing that banks has an strict SOP otherwise you're dead !

6. Oi, share ko sayo latest pictures ko. (Hey, I will share you my latest pictures) So don’t get excited (like I did and thinking my friend is preggy and tries to surprise me) Do not open a file, check the source if it’s with “https”. Second, check the existence of a security device known as padlock on the lower right side of the site from your computer.

7. Favor naman o ! (This is how all my friends told me but hacker didn’t do it with me). So be very cautious about doing favors!

8. As Makis has just said….Try to break the habit of having one username & password for everything. When your password is phished, they will have access to your Yahoo email & get information, giving them more list of contacts. They might probably try your phished password to Friendster, Facebook, Multiply etc to get more contacts to scam.


These are examples of messages I got from friends. This is not to convince you that hackers, crackers etc but to warn you they are for real !

OH MY GOD HAZE.. BUTI NA LANG YOU SENT THIS MESSAGE. SO HINDI IKAW ANG NAGPABILI SAKIN NG 50 PCS NA TIG 500 NA GLOBE PREPAID CARD..SABI KO NA NGA BA EH SOMETHING’S WRONG..VERY STRANGE.. ALAM MO BA NA NAG CREATE PA SYA NG BAGONG YAHOO ID GIRLCUTE3245 KASI DAW SHE WANTS TO HAVE ANOTHER ID ASIDE FROM HGGIRALDI.. SINCE NAGKAKAKUTOB NA NGA AKO I ASKED HER.. IS THIS REALLY YOU HAZE? SABI NYA YES I WILL SHOW MYSELF ON CAM.. PRIOR TO THAT I ASKED HER.. OK HOW DO I CALL YOU? SHE IGNORED MY QUESTION, INSTEAD SHE SHOWED HERSELF ON CAM NA IKAW ANG NAG APPEAR?? BUT STILL NAG DOUBT PA DIN AKO KASI THE WAY SHE SPEAKS IS REALLY NOT YOU.. WALANG ATE RISE.. SO DEMANDING AND IN A RUSH.. NAGBIGAY PA NG MOBILE NUMBER DUN KO DAW I SEND MGA PASSWORDS NG CARDS..THEN NAG TEXT ULIT THIS MORNING ASKING "NAKABILI KA NA? " TALAGANG DI AKO MAPAKALI SO I DECIDED TO GO ONLINE.. YUN NA NGA.. HAAAY.. MUNTIK NA..THIS IS HER MOBILE NUMBER 09279475929.. I WOULD LIKE TO REPORT THIS NUMBER NGA EH.. I'LL SEE WHAT I CAN DO.. THANKS FOR WARNING US..TAKE CARE. ATE RISE

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Hi Hazel,
Yes nakausap ko rin kahapon yung Hazel and Jenni. Pati si Ellen and Jenny (colleague in the office) nakipagusap din sya using your account. Akala ni Ellen ikaw yon. Si Rey naman ang nakausap din nya was someone pretending Jenni. Please give me or send me na lang sa ym your new ID.
Take care.
Ate Emilie

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hi haze.. me nakipag chat nga sa kin kanina kala ko ikaw, nag send ng pic but i cant open it, then view pa web cam ko... mejo nagtaka na nga ako kung bakit parang sobrang strange dahil sobrang eager na makita ako so i stopped the web cam and log off... tingin mo na hacked na nun ang email id ko?...
gosh who do u think is doing this.. it’s a Filipino kasi tagalog ako kinausap eh...
cheers...
Aimee


Thanks to Raqgold for blogging about this and I am asking you to please spread this message to warn everyone especially those unaware that phishing is for real.

For me hackers and crackers are the same because they are invading one's privacy. Just for an additional infos :

HACKER,( n.): 1) A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities. 2) One who programs enthusiastically. 3) A person who is good at programming quickly. 4) An expert at a particular program, as in "a Unix hacker". 5) [deprecated] A malicious meddler who tries to discover sensitive information by poking around. The correct term for this sense is "cracker".

CRACKER, ( n.): One who breaks security on a system. Coined by hackers in defense against journalistic misuse of the term "hacker". The term "cracker" reflects a strong revulsion at the theft and vandalism perpetrated by cracking rings. There is far less overlap between hackerdom and crackerdom than most would suspect.



Thursday, October 02, 2008

I GOT HACKED SO BE CAREFUL !

It was Tuesday morning when I chatted with my friend. She buzzed me and ask me “Musta na? “ (How are you?) I answered her with thrill as we haven’t seen nor chat for a long time. I told her “Mabuti naman and you ? (I am fine and you?) And she asked me where my kids are. I told her they are at school. She told me if I want to se her recent photos. I was really enthusiast to see her pictures. Me, thinking that she would really like to surprise me or I made this idea that she is finally pregnant so I was eager to see her. She sent me a file and open it through Flicker and asked me to view my webcam and so I did. She even told me that Yahoo will have a maintenance for 1 hour. And because she also would like to check if her webcam is working. After a few seconds she turned it off and so was I. I felt nothing so strange.

I continued cleaning the house, went out to pick up the kids and got disconnected. When I came back I couldn’t access to my yahoo email and messenger. Probably this is it, Yahoo is on maintenance or maybe we are having a signal problem which happened few times. I tried to reconnect over and over but I failed. Makis called and asked me how I was. She asked me if I am irritated with the internet. Thus I told her yes I am irritated because I cannot access to my yahoo account. She then told me to just try because it happens to her too. I told her that my friend told me that Yahoo will have a maintenance and I asked Makis if she could access through her email and messenger and she said yes. She did not encountered any connection problem and while I discuss with her about my friend that after I opened the file but failed to view them, I got disconnected. After brainstorming with Makis she ended up saying that I was probably HACKED! She was right ! Shocked and stressed out I tried to recover my yahoo address but unfortunately the hacker was more rapid than me. Makis told me that I was so strange during the chat because and was insisting for a webcam ! That, she needs to open the file I sent by signing in. After our conversation we then realized that we are a victim of phishing.

I immediately closed my blog, changed all the necessary passwords and addresses. Send an email to friends to warn them. All the while I thought I was chatting with my friend I was already chatting with the Hacker. And Makis was chatting with the hacker thinking that it was me! I had the confirmation when I called the sister of my friend in Paris and confirmed that my friend is having a problem with her email therefore she was hacked. The reason why the hacker was able to contact me by using my friend’s YM. It’s unbelievable!

I slept 1:30 in the morning after sending all warning messages to families and friends. Unfortunately, I had a cousin who was fooled by this hacker pretending to be me. My cousin is still young and never understood what happened to her until my sister saw my message and called me at 6:00AM France time (Manila time 12Noon) . The hacker made my cousin believed that it was me. She lost 10 globe cards worth 5 thousand Pesos. Until now the hacker is using my email and YM address and contacting all my contacts. Good thing, my friends knew me well and as for my family they were alerted right after my cousin was tricked. Many of my friends are emailing me and sending me a message thru my Friendster telling me that hacker is persistent in negotiating globe cards in buying them and will double the price when he gets the merchandise.

This is an example of my friends responses to my warning :

Hi haze,
Nakausap ko yung person na naghack sa Yahoo mo. Mukhang pinoy kase nagtatagalog. Sabi ko na eh! He was asking me if I could buy him 30 pcs globe cards then he'll pay me double the amount through . it was weird. It didn't sound like you cos the person was in a hurry. sabi ko, urgent ba?? Nako, nag gudbye nako kase I didn't feel right. I thought that somebody probably was using your ID. ang kapal nya, leche. Ano ako, tange?? Biro mo, nakipagusap pako. Sana wala pa sya nabiktima. yaiks!!



ate,
Last part na ito ng conversation namin lam ko hindi kaw kausap ko agad eh...
Vincent: antayin mo daw c bevs mag online siya usap daw kayo
Hazel Giraldi: ok cge
Vincent: wag ka daw magoaffline
Hazel Giraldi: huh?
Vincent: standby lng
Hazel Giraldi: ok
Hazel Giraldi: buzz nya na lng ako sabihin mo
Vincent: maganda daw yan offer mo
Vincent: 1000 USD for 25K worth of prepaid cards
Vincent: tubong lugaw
Vincent: kaya standby lng
Hazel Giraldi: oo pero every 2 months lng un
Vincent: 22K PHP ang tubo
Vincent: standby
Vincent: wag kg
Vincent: wag ka gagalaw
Hazel Giraldi: ok
Hazel Giraldi: ill wait
Vincent: yeah just stay put
Vincent: dont even think about moving
Vincent: or blinking
Vincent:
Vincent: gotcha
Hazel Giraldi:
Vincent: ano nga ulit names ng kids mo ate?
Vincent: hello?
Vincent: jan ka pa?
Vincent: wala na?
Vincent: yoohoooo?
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Vincent: o ate y di ka na ans?
Vincent: busy?


TO BE CONTINUED.....