Black Hawk Online Games: After data leak: Bitcoin wallet service Coinbase faces phishing attacks
henrichfritz
http://blackhawkmines-online.com/2013/04/10/black-hawk-online-games-after-data-leak-bitcoin-wallet-service-coinbase-faces-phishing-attacks/
Merchants' checkout pages were made searchable on Google by accident.
Information about its merchants' names, e-mail addresses, and product details on the Coinbase website were publicly, and presumably accidentally exposed by Bitcoin wallet service Coinbase.  Thus making the exposed e-mail addresses the target of phishing attacks.

Coinbase says only certain Coinbase merchants had their email addresses exposed. They assured that there were no transaction receipts leaked, as the previous story initially stated.

Coinbase is a Y Combinator-backed startup.  It is a well-known service for holding or keeping users' bitcoins.
                                                                
"Checkouts", it was the label of the URLs pages.  These pages appear to be transaction receipts.  An example was a 0.05 BTC ($6.85) transaction labeled as a donation.  The other one was a $980 transaction for "8 managed VPS hosts" from a company called cachedd.  And third was a 229.99 BTC ($31,508) transaction for "AVALANCHE SPA POWDER."

In a one of recent blog post, Coinbase warned users to "beware of a phishing attack." Someone has been sending e-mails to Coinbase users claiming that they need to log in to confirm recent transactions but directing them to a website not controlled by Coinbase. Late Friday morning, the leaked information was still publicly available on the Coinbase website.

There is no proof of a security problem with the Coinbase site.  As long as users don't fall for the phishing scheme, their funds should be safe.

Update: Coinbase response: Your information is not going to be shown on one of these pages unless you created a "buy now"/donate button or checkout page and posted a public link to it somewhere. Order pages are designed to be public so customers can reach them, although we should have taken more care to not make them easily indexible by Google.

The email in particular, although we encoded using hex encoding to make it more difficult to scrape, should not be shown on that page. We will take a look today at some ways to get it removed from the Google cache, and avoid having these pages indexed. Will post an official response on our blog shortly. Sorry for the scare!

In short - no customer information is public. Only the emails of a subset of merchants who have placed their widgets on public websites

A Q and A was as well posted on Coinbase blog.

A previous version of the story described the pages Google indexed as "transaction receipts," but Coinbase says they're actually merchants' product pages. According to Coinbase, "There wasn't any transaction data, customer data, or receipts leaked," though they say that displaying merchants' email addresses was a mistake. We've updated the story accordingly and we regret the error.

Reviews - Black Hawk Online Games: The Most Popular Online Games
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Reviews - Black Hawk Online Games
Back in the days when internet was new, slow and expensive, online gaming was one of the most common uses of the World Wide Web and up to this day it is still reigns as the most used.  Online games are tremendously popular among children, adolescents and even to adults.
Today, you can choose from thousands and thousands of online games.  Sounds, graphics, animations and everything about gaming evolved alongside with technology.  This one of the reasons why most of the gamers are becoming addicts on playing, maybe the games are also designed to be very addictive.
Almost every games online are addictive, more and more people are drawn in gaming more especially adolescents to the extent that they neglect school, family, friends and even hygiene.
There are online games that are the most popular, some of the leading online games platform are the following.
Yahoo games:
Yahoo! Games has more than 430 online games including more than 100 arcade games, about 30 multi player games, variety of video games, card games, board games and more.  For someone to be able to play in Yahoo! Games, one must have a Yahoo I.D.  While many of Yahoo! Games are web games that can be played directly on the browse most of Yahoo! Download Games offer a free trial version and a possibility to play online with limited features.
MSN Games
MSN games is a big gaming portal that has both free online games, download games, messenger games and online games that can be played for cash.  MSN games offers online games in selection of genres such as puzzles, trivia, card games, board games, arcade games, casino games and pop culture games.  Any person can play at MSN games.  But the catch is registered members can take part in multi player games and take pleasure in other benefits.
Miniclip
Miniclip is one of the leading and mainly the well-liked gaming portals in the world.  Miniclip is a multilingual site available in ten languages including English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Romania, Italian, Nihonggo and more.  Miniclip has action games such as pool, chess, gin rummy, mahjong and more.  All of Miniclip online games can be played directly in the web browser.

Pogo
Pogo is an online gaming portal with hundreds and hundreds of free of charge web games and downloadable games including sport games, card games, action games, etc.  Pogo in addition has one of the biggest gamers’ communities online with more than 100,000 players at max out time.  Pogo also has about sixteen unique games.  Pogo games also include free trial version with partial features.

OnlineGames
OnlineGames offers almost 700 free online games and community forums.  Some of OnlineGames exceptional features include selection of pinball games, lots of shooting games and retro games, examples of the games are Frogger, Minesweeper and Pacman.  No registration is necessary; Flash/Shockwave or Java plugins are required for the download games.

Black Hawk Online Games: What Makes a Video Game Addictive?
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BlackHawk Online Games

It all started as an innocent curiosity when most adolescents like to try and spend free time playing video games but the curiosity for some leads to addiction.  The of a lamb’s tail, friends, family, school, and even personal hygiene are disregarded because almost every moment is spent playing the game.
Like any other addiction, video game or "gaming" addiction has many side of the story.  Well, video games are really designed to be addictive, but not in a clinical meaning of the word addictive but rather game designers are constantly on process and finding for ways to make their games extra interesting and increase the amount of time people will spend playing them.
The games are designed to be hard enough on purpose just to add some spice on it and make it extra challenging.  Then they will allow gamers achieve small accomplishments that induce them to keep playing.  These small wins draw the gamers from playing more and keep on going.  There are a number of hooks that are built into games with the intent of making them addictive.
The High Score, this is one of the most easily identifiable hooks.  Trying to beat someone else’s high score or even their own is the most familiar hooks in whatever gaming.  This serves as quite an achievement for the gamers.
Beating the Game is a hook that isn't used in online role-playing games, but is present in all but every gaming system.  The longing to win against the game is fed as a player "levels up," or uncovers the next hidden clue.
Role-playing games tolerate players to do more than just play.  The most fun part is that they get to actually create the characters in the game and go on board on an adventure that's to some extent only one of its kind to that character.  As a result, there's an emotional attachment to the character.  Plus the whole story makes it harder to discontinue playing.
Discovery is another hook in a game.  The exploration or discovery tactic is most often used in role-playing games.  Exploring imaginary worlds make it very interesting and extremely compelling.
Relationships, is the primary hook in online gaming because on line role-playing games allow people to build relationships with other players.  These may be the place that they feel accepted which can lead them from drawing them back again and again to gaming.
The deliberations about this have become a worldwide issue and a serious issue too.  The rage continues as per gaming addiction is a diagnosable disorder, the behavior undeniably exists. The arrangement of intentional programming by designers and the tendency some teens have to addictive behavior means this is a real issue that parents, teachers, and friends should be aware of and take action to prevent.  The better and first and foremost solution is up to the parents and how they will discipline their children.  This is serious matter that needs a serious solution.

Black Hawk Online Games - Xbox Live Gamers Scammed by Cyber Fraudsters
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http://blackhawkmines-online.com/2013/01/07/xbox-live-gamers-scammed-by-cyber-fraudsters/

Unaware that they are being scammed by fraudsters, online gamers are trick to reveal their vital information so that these fakes can collect thousands of pounds from them.
Similar to “phishing”, this fraud is sent via fake email too.  They trick people to reveal banking details to harvest money and information from online gaming accounts.
Most young online gamers are naïve and sometimes careless, thus making them unaware of the risks of handing out such details so they come as an easy target.  They may be.
A number of Xbox Live members appear to have recently been victim of malicious ‘phishing’ scams.  The fraud comes as an online attempt to acquire personal information.
Microsoft asks anyone who believes they may have been targeted to contact them.  Users have to check carefully that emails from the company are genuine.
‘Phishing is widespread – 86% of phishing attacks specifically target the financial sector, but another 13% target information services.  Users need to be vigilant.’ says Simon Ellson, Internet Security Expert from Norton.
Any user should bear in mind not to reveal their passwords to anyone, more especially to unsolicited emails.  And as with banking scam emails, users should check the spelling of links within emails, fake emails are usually have grammatical errors and unpleasant appearance.
To defend yourself from such frauds and scams it will also help if you update your computer security.  Make sure you have up-to-date computer security like the latest Windows updates.
The fraud goes like this; criminals will send the players emails that direct them to bogus websites offering free Microsoft points that can be used to buy games.
These fakes are clever crooks, they are aware that online play on Xbox 360 requires an account with credit card details attached.  So they fool gamers into visiting pages that stole account details and then gradually ‘leeched’ money from their accounts.
If criminals are clever, victims on the other hand are naïve.  Because they don’t think, if they are then asked to enter personal details, they will, which let criminals access accounts and get hold of their credit card information.
These crooks will only take small amounts little by little over several weeks so that it is harder to detect them.
At first these fakes will gain your trust be befriending you before coaxing personal information out of you.  And you will apparently lose your money when your passwords are guessed by these criminals.  Do not think that guessing your passwords aare hard, they have ways, countless in fact, to trick on people.
Eventually gamers can no longer access your own online profile because it has become ‘locked out’ since someone else had been using it.
Victim Paul Thompson, 29, of Essex, told The Sun newspaper: ‘People need to know this is happening.’
Last year Sony’s PlayStation network was caught up in the biggest criminal hack on record when more than 77million accounts were accessed.
Sony executives bowed in apology for the security breach.
Gamers must remember that the responsibility is in their hands as well, be careful and mindful of your every action.  Internet is a big and complex world and it is made by the people and people know how to run and ruin it.

Online Risks Must Avoid During Holiday Season
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http://blackhawkmines-online.com/2012/12/17/online-risks-must-avoid-during-holiday-season/

The happiest season of the year is indeed happy for fraudsters.  This is the season where everyone tends to be generous and giving.  And this is a good season for identity thieves, computer hackers and fraudsters to take advantage on people as they tend to become busy on online purchasing gifts and looking for deals.
Here are some scams you need to watch out for.
This is popular in Facebook.  The scam goes this way; it involves online games that require you to click something that moves across your computer screen.  You will think that you just clicked on a game or a dancing snowman or Santa but by clicking on a concealed link that might perform actions such as making your Facebook profile information public or giving scammers’ access to information stored on your computer.  This is called click jacking.  Do not click on pop-ups on Facebook.
People are so busy on buying gifts and items online so they tend to visit unfamiliar sites wishing to find deep discounts on items.  And this is a very good opportunity for scammers to prey on us, this scam is called Drive-by downloads.  This might happen while you visit unfamiliar sites.  This is a term that refers to downloading something that you didn't realize was a malicious program or a download that occurs without your knowledge.  So remember if the site is illegitimate neither the ads are.  Also avoid sites that require you to download a "codec" to view a video because this is malicious software.
It is better to use Chrome as your browser because it is harder for hackers to gain access to.  This is because now is prime time for hackers to infect sites that get more traffic during the holidays with pop-up ads having viruses.  The scam is called infections from legitimate site.  It is also recommended to install ads blocker on your browser.
This next scheme is a little bit more tricky, called email phishing, you may be receiving emails concerning donation requests or holiday deals, if emails are from unknown people or group do not pay attention to it instead delete them at once because they are more likely attempting to steal your personal information or con you with your money.  Also be aware for emails claiming to come from your credit-card issuer.  They are more likely deceive you by saying your card isn’t working or you won something because you probably are using your credit card over the holidays so tendency is you might believe them.  Do not answer the email instead call your company directly using the phone number provide at the back of the card and inquire about the issue yourself. 
This next scam is very common, text-message phishing or smishing, this is actually happening anytime of the year but scammers find holiday season more suitable for their scam.  Beware of text messages with donation requests, notices of too-good-to-be-true deals or even gift card offers from major retailers.  Chances are if you respond you will be prompted to divulge personal information, such as your credit card number.  This is also common to text messages saying that you have won in a deal you are not even aware of joining or asking for money from you pretending they are relative.
The above scams were just sample of scams this holiday season are sprouting, be wary of these so your Christmas will be merrier. 

Black Hawk Reviews - Online Games
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Black Hawk Reviews - Online Games

From the words itself, addiction, imagine how bad can possibly be? Like many other addiction like alcoholic addiction and drug addiction, gaming addiction is as serious. Many have lost their jobs, their spouses and even their lives for playing online games. They are literally living in the virtual world.
The new choice of evolved now in South Korea, instead of illegal drugs and pills, online games it is. Considering that many gamer deaths stem from exhaustion, deep-vein thrombosis, and other ways that can be prevented by standing up and moving around, gaming is considered to be Korea’s number one problem.
In late July, a 21-year-old online-gaming addict was found dead in his home in Inchon, South Korea. He’d played intensely since graduating from high school, rarely sleeping or leaving his room, according to family members. In 2005 a 28-year-old man collapsed and died from organ failure after playing for 50 hours straight. He had apparently just lost his job because of his online-gaming habit. Both incidents prime suspect is online gaming.
South Korean authorities think that these fatalities are part of a much larger national problem of gaming addiction. Studies showed that more than one in 10 Korean adolescents are at high risk for internet addiction and that one in 20 are already seriously addicted.
A gaming shutdown law is now being implemented in Korea where it aims to demolish the addiction. The idea is, the law would prevent underage gamers from playing online, whether via PC’s, handheld device or in “PC bangs” (gaming arcade) from midnight until 6am. This law is also known as the Cinderella Law. The minors would register their national identification number cards online before they can access the internet. The dilemma is they would probably use someone else’s ID so that they can play maybe of their mothers’ or other family members.
The country thought of another strategy to abolish the online game addiction or at least lessen it. “Cooling Off” system is introduced; this is to regulate the students of the amount of time they spend in playing online games within the 24 hours. Soon the video games addicts in South Korea will have limited hours to play online games. This is also to demolish or stamp out online bullying and to make action towards the escalating number of fatalities due to online game addiction, including suicide.
Cooling off will work like this, their games i\will be switch off after two hours, where they will be given ten minutes to rest, and then they can only log again in once for a maximum two hours in the following 24 hours.
The newest strategy of Korea is this new law where allow parents to communicate with online game providers and set time limits for their children’s online gaming. This comes as South Korea struggles to deal with rampant Internet addiction among young people in South Korea. And only shows how serious this online games addiction truly is. Online game addiction is not a laughing matter; it is as deadly as alcohol and drug addiction.

South Korea Online Gaming Addiction Worsen
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From the words itself, addiction, imagine how bad can possibly be?  Like many other addiction like alcoholic addiction and drug addiction, gaming addiction is as serious.  Many have lost their jobs, their spouses and even their lives for playing online games.  They are literally living in the virtual world. 
The new choice of evolved now in South Korea, instead of illegal drugs and pills, online games it is.  Considering that many gamer deaths stem from exhaustion, deep-vein thrombosis, and other ways that can be prevented by standing up and moving around, gaming is considered to be Korea’s number one problem.
In late July, a 21-year-old online-gaming addict was found dead in his home in Inchon, South Korea. He’d played intensely since graduating from high school, rarely sleeping or leaving his room, according to family members.  In 2005 a 28-year-old man collapsed and died from organ failure after playing for 50 hours straight. He had apparently just lost his job because of his online-gaming habit.  Both incidents prime suspect is online gaming.
South Korean authorities think that these fatalities are part of a much larger national problem of gaming addiction.  Studies showed that more than one in 10 Korean adolescents are at high risk for internet addiction and that one in 20 are already seriously addicted.
A gaming shutdown law is now being implemented in Korea where it aims to demolish the addiction.  The idea is, the law would prevent underage gamers from playing online, whether via PC’s, handheld device or in “PC bangs” (gaming arcade) from midnight until 6am.  This law is also known as the Cinderella Law.  The minors would register their national identification number cards online before they can access the internet.  The dilemma is they would probably use someone else’s ID so that they can play maybe of their mothers’ or other family members.
The country thought of another strategy to abolish the online game addiction or at least lessen it.  “Cooling Off” system is introduced; this is to regulate the students of the amount of time they spend in playing online games within the 24 hours.  Soon the video games addicts in South Korea will have limited hours to play online games.  This is also to demolish or stamp out online bullying and to make action towards the escalating number of fatalities due to online game addiction, including suicide.
Cooling off will work like this, their games i\will be switch off after two hours, where they will be given ten minutes to  rest, and then they can only log again in once for a maximum two hours in the following 24 hours.    
The newest strategy of Korea is this new law where allow parents to communicate with online game providers and set time limits for their children's online gaming.  This comes as South Korea struggles to deal with rampant Internet addiction among young people in South Korea.  And only shows how serious this online games addiction truly is.  Online game addiction is not a laughing matter; it is as deadly as alcohol and drug addiction.  

Black Hawk Online Games: Game that can WoW You!
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http://blackhawkmines-online.com/2012/11/09/a-game-that-can-wow-you/
World of Warcraft: Still #1 in Top 20 games of 2012
War of warcraft a.k.a WoW was first released on 2004; it has been the golden standard of MMORPG genre.  At first players were discourage to play WoW because of its cartoony graphics but once you got to start playing this game you too will be hooked in the world of Azeroth.  WoW appears to a large number of audiences because of the heavily quest driven progression system and simple game play.  
This game has faced many critics and many bashers; WoW has fallen under much angst-ridden criticisms over the years it has been around.  It is true what they say, you can only notice something if it has an impact on you, and in this case the bashers are its number one fan.  A good game can be defined trough a number of fan boy compare to the haters.   If you are on top most obviously everyone can notice you.
With over 10 million subscribers (12 million at peak) as of October 2012,   World of Warcraft is currently the world's most-subscribed MMORPG,[10][14] and holds the Guinness World Record for the most popular MMORPG by subscribers.  Isn’t this proof enough that WoW is really on top?
What makes WoW on top?  It can work brilliantly on multiple and range of different computer systems.  Since it works that way, you do not need a super fast broadband connection instead just something stable and consistent.  This game is beginner friendly yet can challenge an enthusiastic game going players.  WoW brings them together in one massive online community.
You will never get bored of the game, as you progress on the game, the game progresses with you.  Even though you have played the game for a decade, there will be something new, something that will challenge you, always something to learn, and still plenty of fun.   WoW had proven that to you for eight years now.  The game is pretty much built on a more substantial foundation of lore built over many years that makes the game feel complete and give the player a reason and a purpose for every place, person, creature and quest. 
From the moment you start playing, it will drag you to keep on playing by its endless content, entertaining battles, thrilling adventures, and charming presentation.  Maybe the thrill comes from the player as well, you have the power to choose your own pace and style of play.  Whenever you feel like playing WoW, you will be able to find something new to do with it, and most definitely you will find yourself someplace else.
Another best thing about the game is the world feels seamless and natural.   Instead of trying to make everything as realistic as possible, the emphasis on style creates beauty without the perception of backwards graphics that most online RPG's entail. Plus, there are very, very few loading screens; that make the game easier to play.
Perhaps the most definite words to describe the game are it is highly addictive.  Well my advice is, do not play it unless u can withstand the addiction.  

How hosting providers can battle fraudulent sign-ups
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http://www.spamhaus.org/news/article/687/how-hosting-providers-can-battle-fraudulent-sign-ups

Hosting providers are increasingly asking Spamhaus how they can prevent so-called "fraudulent sign-ups" -- new customers whose only intention is to spam, host malware, host botnet controllers, or engage in other activities that are forbidden by the hosting provider's acceptable use policy (AUP). Such customers normally target cheap VPS and cloud hosting with automated sign-up procedures. These customers know that their accounts will be terminated swiftly when the host becomes aware of their activities, so they usually use stolen credit cards or compromised Paypal accounts to obtain service. This allows them to hide their real identities and avoid spending their own funds.

Spamhaus has received several independent reports from hosting providers that the volume of such fraudulent sign-ups has increased dramatically in the past few months. Some hosting providers report that 50% of all new subscriptions are fraudulent -- every second subscription. No hosting company is immune, neither small local operations nor large multinational hosting firms with data centers on several continents.

While Spamhaus' mission is to protect internet users and organizations from spam and other cyber-threats, we lack the resources and time to act as an abuse reporting service (FBL - Feedback Loop) or a consulting company. However, we would like to do what we can to help. This article provides some tips to help hosting providers prevent fraudulent sign-ups and increase the detection rate for such sign-ups. These tips are not a solution, but should help mitigate the damage and administrative costs caused by criminals.

Verify User Information

First, create and implement a verification mechanism for automated sign-ups. It should verify at least some personal information from new subscriptions. For example:

Customer email address (by sending an email with a confirmation link)
Customer phone number (for a mobile, by sending an SMS with a confirmation code, or for a land line, by making a verification phone call)
If you are unable to verify any of this information, place the account on hold until the customer contacts you and you can verify their identity by other means. If a criminal must provide an email address or telephone number that he answers, he must either risk identifying himself to you or move on to a less vigilant provider. You can also block subscriptions from customers who use phone numbers previously used in a fraudulent sign-up. While it is easy to compromise an email account, it is more difficult to compromise a phone number assigned to another person.

Blacklist Abusive Customers

Maintain a blacklist of the names, postal addresses, telephone and mobile numbers, and email addresses of customers who have violated your AUP, and check the blacklist for every subscription. Do not allow blacklisted customers or those using the same information to sign up for service with you again.

Include some or all of the following types of information on the blacklist:

First name
Last name
Postal address
Phone number
Mobile number
Email address
PayPal, Webmoney, etc. payment service data
IP address used to sign up
Browser (User-Agent)
Blacklisted customers often try to sign up for service again under a new name and postal address, but frequently do not change the email address and often attempt to sign up from the same IP address. By using a blacklist, you can detect such sign-ups.

Have a strong Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) or Terms of Service (ToS)

A key point in fighting abuse and fraudulent customers on your network is to implement a strong Acceptable Use Policy, also known as Terms of Service. If you are in the hosting business, it is vital to have an AUP. Without one, you leave yourself open to legal threats when you terminate services to abusive customers or refuse to allow a previously terminated customer to sign up again. Spammers specifically seek out hosts with weak AUPs, or hosts who are known to be lax on spam/security issues. Lack of an effective AUP permits them to abuse your network and then threaten to sue when you terminate their service.

Several hosts have excellent AUPs which, among other measures, allow the ISP to terminate a customer account upon receiving an SBL notification from Spamhaus. In addition, hosts that state clearly on their corporate web sites that they will fully cooperate with law enforcement and private anti-spam and security companies such as Spamhaus when their AUP is violated, discourage abusers from signing up in the first place.

To help hosts revise or implement their AUPs, Spamhaus has set up a small tool:


AUP Document Builder

You can use this tool to create or revise an AUP for your company.

Active Netflow / Traffic Monitoring

We have seen some cases where it is nearly impossible to determine that a customer is fraudulent when they sign up. In such cases, you may be able to detect the abuse after they sign up but before you get feedback reports from third parties such as Spamcop, Spamhaus or other security firms. You do this by actively monitoring network traffic for patterns that do not normally occur with legitimate use, but often occur when a user is spamming, hosting malware, or running a botnet from your network.

For example, spammers and malware hosts frequently use a VPN to forward traffic from their permanent, back-end locations on your server to botnet or snowshoe spam cannons or web proxies on a compromised server. They use stolen personal data obtained from an infected computer, or even the computer itself, to sign up. As soon as Spamhaus detects and reports abuse, the host terminates the account, but the spammer just signs up again using a different (stolen) identity. Often there is one constant amidst the changed identities: the VPN end node (back-end)! A host that monitors network traffic for connections to known blackhat VPN nodes can detect abusers quickly and prevent them from profiting from their abuse.

Customer IP address verification

When a new customer signs-up, you should check the IP address that they use against a number of blocklists, and either not accept or not activate any subscription that originates from an IP address that is listed on the Spamhaus SBL or XBL.

Spamhaus SBL:
http://www.spamhaus.org/sbl/

Spamhaus XBL:
http://www.spamhaus.org/xbl/

In addition, do not accept any subscriptions from Tor nodes. There are several Tor-DNSBL services that you can query before accepting a subscription.

The benefit of these DNSBL checks (SBL/XBL/Tor) is that they are fast and can be done automatically.

Use Spamhaus DROP/EDROP to filter bad traffic

A significant number of malware hosting sites and botnet control sites are in fact proxy nodes, forwarding traffic to a back-end server. These back-end servers are often hosted on rogue networks that are already listed on one of the Spamhaus Don't Route Or Peer Lists (DROP/EDROP). You can prevent these criminals from abusing your network by implementing DROP and EDROP on your network routers, and then denying all traffic from or to those listed IP addresses. The text-version of these lists is available free-of-charge. Spamhaus also offers a BGP feed (BGPf) for an annual fee.

Spamhaus DROP list:
http://www.spamhaus.org/drop/drop.txt

Spamhaus EDROP list:
http://www.spamhaus.org/drop/edrop.txt

Spamhaus DROP/EDROP listing policy:
http://www.spamhaus.org/drop

Spamhaus BGP feed (BGPf):
http://www.spamhaus.org/bgpf

Geo-specific customer handling

Frequently, small or medium sized hosting providers accept business from foreign customers without any limitation. Such providers are likely to be overwhelmed with fraudulent sign-ups, especially when they open for business or add a new VPS or cloud service. Criminals want to test how good or bad your abuse handling is. So -- before you start accepting business from foreign customers -- please be sure that you have sufficient abuse expertise and resources to deal with the increase in fraudulent sign-ups. If you deal with the initial spate of sign-ups quickly and effectively, before long the criminals will give up on you and move to a less prepared and knowledgeable service provider.

While many companies offer hosting with monthly billing, you might want to require foreign customers, especially customers from countries with high rates of online fraud and abuse, to sign up and pay for at least 6-months of service. If you also require a payment method that is not easily reversible for the first payment (such as wired funds or a cleared check), cybercriminals will usually avoid you. They do not want to pay for six months of service when they know that you will terminate their accounts as soon as you realize what they are doing.

In extreme cases, you might also demand a scanned copy of a customer's passport. Several ISPs are requiring that for a few countries that have extremely high rates of fraud and abuse. However, be aware that some cybercriminals actually use stolen and forged documents to circumvent such security checks.

Abuse Desk Response Time

While one part of a hosts responsibility is to keep cybercriminals away, the second part is to react quickly to abuse that gets past preventive measures. An understaffed and overwhelmed abuse desk will make your service attractive to cybercriminals. Hosts should null-route a customer's IP address upon a credible report of spam, malware hosting, or botnet activity until they can contact the customer and find out what happened. In cases of fraudulent sign-up, the customer usually will not respond to emails or return phone calls.

If you make sure that your AUP or ToS allows you to suspend a user's access and null-route traffic upon credible reports of abuse, you will not risk legal action because you shut down an abuser. Simply state in your AUP/ToS that you reserve the right to null route the customer's IP address if you get credible abuse reports (e.g. botnet hosting, spammer sites, malware DNS etc).

Outsourcing fraud checks

Some hosts do not have the time or resources to implement anti-fraud checks into their systems. There are companies that offer services that are specifically aimed towards these hosts. Spamhaus cannot endorse a specific service, but we strongly recommend using these if you're overwhelmed by criminals seeking hosting on your network.

Conclusion

While it takes effort to keep cybercriminals away from your network, it takes even more effort to deal with the effects when you ignore abuse and abusers then flock to your network. It requires considerably more resources (human and financial) to stop abuse on a network after having ignored abuse issues. It will also cost more, partly because the "business" that abusers bring to your network is short-lived and they usually pay by using stolen credit cards or other fraudulent means, and partly because cleaning up a poor reputation takes time during which legitimate paying customers may avoid your network. To avoid this situation, you must find a good balance between abuse prevention and abuse handling.

Black Hawkmines Reviews Plants vs Zoombies - Smorti
henrichfritz
http://reviews.blackhawkmines-online.com/2012/09/04/popcap-fires-plants-vs-zombies-creator-announces-game-sequel/

PopCap has two important announcements this week: a sequel for its most popular game and staff layoffs.
It has announced the Plants vs. Zombies 2 launch will be on the spring of 2013 and promised new stuff in the game where you combat a horde of zombies by planting stuff.
“The sequel to Plants vs. Zombies is expected to launch by late spring 2013, and will include a bevy of new features, settings, and situations, designed to delight the franchise’s tens of millions of fans around the world,” according to PopCap.
However, it did not go into details about the platforms where it will be available. It was also unconfirmed if PopCap plans to make the sequel a separate game version or be an update to the current one.
PopCap, now a division of EA has released the following statements from two of its game characters regarding the sequel’s release:
“Spring is crullest curlie ungood time, and plantz grow dull roots. So, we are meating you for brainz at yore house. No worry to skedule schedlue plan… we’re freee anytime. We’ll find you.”
“There was a time we relished a bracing, hearty blend of zombies, in the morning. But first, a brisk shower and some strategic pruning are required. Tomorrow is near!”
On the other hand, PopCap offices are not in the mood to celebrate as it was announced on the same day that some of them are going to be laid off, which surprisingly includes the creator of their flagship game himself.
Senior game designer George Fan, the brain behind the smash hit game is confirmed to be included in the job cuts in PopCap offices in Ireland and Seattle.
PopCap asserts that reorganization is a must considering the fast-changing game market and that PopCap would do well to invest in new game platforms and expand its market further in Asia.
Apparently, if PopCap did not become part of EA, the job cuts could have been worse but choosing some other rip-off over Fan might be a mistake.

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