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Post by tkodark on Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:32 am
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I play a game on facebook called yoville and a guy was threatening me with an Angry IP Scanner and Prorat. Is it possible that he can remotely install a keylogger on my computer though this game application? He also said he could ping my hard drive and burn a hole in it? I am just curious if he could do this through this game or through an im such as Yahoo or msn. If he can is there a way i can block/prevent this from happening?
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Re: Looking for some Insight on this

Post by r-ID on Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:22 pm
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your hard drive will burn... starting from now only 24 hours left.
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Re: Looking for some Insight on this

Post by tkodark on Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:24 pm
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r-ID wrote:your hard drive will burn... starting from now only 24 hours left.


I hope thats a joke lol
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Re: Looking for some Insight on this

Post by r-ID on Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:25 pm
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nope,
it's not a joke
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Re: Looking for some Insight on this

Post by smithmetal on Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:30 pm
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As long as you don't download anything suspicious from anyone, you won't have problem with keylogging. That guy is obviously trying to fool you. He clearly doesn't know what he is talking about. You can't technically ping a HDD lol and burning a hole in it is highly improbable. I think malware that dommage hardware exists, but i never encounter any.

In short, be prudent with what you download and nothing will happen to you.

EDIT: Sorry r-id for breaking your fun :P
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Re: Looking for some Insight on this

Post by tkodark on Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:46 pm
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thank you for the reply smithmetal it's appreciated "you can't technically ping a HDD lol" this means there is no way possible he can ping my HDD? What about open ports through Yahoo or MSN? is this something i should really worry about or as long as i don't accept any files I'm good? Sorry for being so "Noobish" I just want to learn so i can protect myself :D
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Re: Looking for some Insight on this

Post by smithmetal on Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:08 pm
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I meant that you can't ping hardware. You ping a host. It actualy sends a ICMP echo packet (type 8) to the machine and waits for the ICMP echo response (type 0). Ping is useful to test the connectivity of a host or to slow down an internet connection.

For the open ports of your IM, if there is any existing known exploits for these application, there's not much you can do about it. The attacker could use them to do some sort of dommage. But if it there really is a vulnerability, IM's programmers would (or at least should) patch it as soon as possible. My advice, just stay up to date with you're program versions.

As i said, if you're prudent with what you download/website you visit, you won't have any problem.

If you're interested in network security, you could probably find a lot of tutorials, articles, etc. that show you how it works.
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Re: Looking for some Insight on this

Post by r-ID on Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:19 am
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smithmetal, it's nothing, someone had all the fun before me.
HDD pings till burn, open ports through Yahoo or MSN
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Re: Looking for some Insight on this

Post by IncandescentLight on Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:23 am
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Heck, he just mixes a technical term, "ping", and a rather large threat. The person threatening you obviously does not know that a "ping" can be used for something else... an attack with no defense. :D
Speak softly and carry a big stick -Theodore Roosevelt

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Re: Looking for some Insight on this

Post by thedotmaster on Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:07 am
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It's entirely possible for software, such as keyloggers, to be installed onto your computer without your knowledge - whilst playing a game on the Internet. Technologies such as ActiveX, Flash and Java can be used for this, as well as vulnerabilities in your browser as well. For example, Firefox 3.5a was found to have a vulnerability that allowed an attacker to execute shellcode on a computer - simply by luring the user onto a website with the exploit code.
The best way to secure yourself is to first of all use Firefox, though not 3.5 (whilst it has been patched, for the moment there are still likely to be vulnerabilities in it, though it's going to be better than IE anyway) and use an addon such as No-Scripts to block active content on untrusted pages.

Also, in terms of pinging:
  • Pings do not do a bloody thing unless there are tons of them, and even then there are better ways of DDoSing)
  • Most routers have ICMP turned off anyway.
  • "pinging your HDD" lolwut :roll:
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