Surprised, disappointed and disgusted

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by Checkout, Mar 12, 2002.

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  1. Checkout

    Checkout Security Rhinoceros

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    Despite all the security software I've bought and downloaded, it seems I'm infected.  I am bitterly disappointed.  AdAware and SpyBotSD, TDS and TTT don't find the infections.  I've got something from:

    Akamai or akamaitechnologies
    download.windows.com
    sa.windows.com

    Does anyone know these?

    Harrumph.   :'(
     
  2. Paul Wilders

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    Checkout,

    Before going into this:

    What program did detect, and do you have a log file?

    regards.

    paul
     
  3. Zhen-Xjell

    Zhen-Xjell Security Expert

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    Checkout.. I can help out, just let me know what's going on by answering Paul's questions.  If need be (as I've done with others in the past), we can install VNC on your system so I can securely come into your system over the Net.  

    Let me know.
     
  4. Mr.Blaze

    Mr.Blaze The Newbie Welcome Wagon

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    blaze goes hides his porn ummmmmm lol  nah i better not ask if you do mine lol.

    but i am curiose on how this turns out pleas post  everything i dot want to miss a thing.
     
  5. Mr.Blaze

    Mr.Blaze The Newbie Welcome Wagon

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    ps i want to know what program you used to pleas
     
  6. Checkout

    Checkout Security Rhinoceros

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    I used TCPView - and I'm definitely going to buy this beauty!  It's sort of a bigger brother to TDImon, I believe.

    At the time, no, I didn't have sufficient functioning braincells to save the log.  However, I took one this morning but it might not have Akamai in there - though it does have free2surf entries.  I also recorded the process log from Tiny's Trojan Trap, which looks kind of interesting.

    All help much appreciated.
     
  7. Checkout

    Checkout Security Rhinoceros

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    Hey, Blaze - get rid of your porn!  It's affecting your spelling!   :D

    BTW, I used TCPview, which has a 14 day trial, and is excellent.  Very informative.
     
  8. Checkout

    Checkout Security Rhinoceros

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    Thanks, Paul.  I'm definitely interested.  Akamai does not appear to be on the side of the angels.
     
  9. FanJ

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    Hi Checkout,

    To give you an idea about Akamai:

    A lot of the Akamai sites are included in the HOSTS file from S.Martin, but to block every Akamai site might give problems. On the following page you see a list of urls that might give problems if you block them:
    http://www.smartin-designs.com/prob.htm.
    So his HOSTS file comes with a section "not for everyone".
    To give an example:
    Sometimes the URL-security-update-for-parental-control for NIS has to be downloaded via an Akamai site (even when you use Norton LiveUpdate). That means: if you have blocked every Akamai site, you cannot download it.
     
  10. Checkout

    Checkout Security Rhinoceros

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    Thanks for the info, Fanj.  Sounds as if I can safely block this one since I don't need parental controls and I don't run Norton.   :)
     
  11. FanJ

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    :D
    But that update for the parental-control in NIS was only an example.

    To give an analogy, this time for IE-Spy-Ad:
    if my memory doesn't fail me:
    in IE-Spy-AD (not the latest one, at this moment I haven't installed it yet; I still have to do that) was a line with an url to Digital-River; that url wasn't "enabled" by default. I myself did it. Sometime later I wanted to buy some program, it had to be done through Digital-River. Well, I couldn't. It took me awhile before I discovered what the reason was, and then I made the correction and everything went OK.
     
  12. Mike_Healan

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    When I discovered that akamaitech was keeping live connections even after I had closed my browser, I blocked them with my proxy (proxomitron). Turns out the American mirror for AVG updates uses an akamaitech server. Took me months to figure why I had to use a Czech server.
     
  13. Checkout

    Checkout Security Rhinoceros

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    Now that's useful information!  I use AVG too!

    Thanks, Mike!
     
  14. luv2bsecure

    luv2bsecure Infrequent Poster

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    I know this is a little dated (2000) but I still find this fascinating about the Akamai process. At the time this was written it was merely a theory from a computer science prof at the University of Washington, I believe it has since been shown he was right on the money.
    http://www.cs.washington.edu/homes/ratul/akamai.html

    Sad sidenote: The co-founder of Akamai was killed when the jet he was travelling on slammed into the World Trade Center on 9/11.

    John
     
  15. Checkout

    Checkout Security Rhinoceros

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    That's pretty sad indeed.  I wouldn't have wished that on anybody.
     
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