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Prem Joshua – Water Down The Ganges


Prem Joshua – Water Down The Ganges

Malcolm D B Munro
Sunday 23 July, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Music, Media, poetry, songs, stories

Internet hacking: Who knows anything about the following?


Should this discussion catch your attention and interest you, please be sure to pass it on to those whom you know. The wider the reach it has the better.

Thank you in advance for reading. Be advised that it is safe to do so :0

With the increased hacking and development of newer means such as malware, and the like, of computers and computer systems worldwide, and the fact that all computers and operating softwares, including Apple’s, are showing themselves to be extremely vulnerable despite, in many cases having the most sophisticated defence softwares and systems possible, there is a need for a much higher awareness than required previously. Just as we have increased security at airports so we need, each of us, increased alertness in our use of computers and other devises when we are online.

We are particularly exposed due to the fact that life is increasingly getting to the point that ordinary functioning is impossible without online access. I don’t need to list the full extent of these, but some are: checking bank balances, working with software in the cloud, etc., etc.

It is possible that writing on this subject may become a regular feature of this blog. I hope that will not be the case but I take these threats seriously. People like the US DOD have said that future wars will be fought electronically, including the Internet. The result of Terrorism on the Web┬á(my phrase, I haven’t seen it anywhere) will be devastating. Whole countries could be paralysed with their economies severely affected. This is no exaggeration. The recent spate of software and computer disruptions we witnessed in the last two weeks where whole countries, Ukraine was one, were affected suggests that what lies ahead may be dreadful.

No action is possible without knowledge and communication. The computer geek community worldwide is one of the most powerful communities we have. If nothing else, they are soooo bright ­čÖé That, nevertheless, does not protect us as individuals, me writing this, and you as reader. The neighbourhood is threatened, Time to guard the door.

This is an appeal to find out something about the following. If you have anything that will help, please post in the comments column.

I am taking the unusual step of posting this on the blog because I am failing to find information on the web using Google search. When I search I get literally nothing except IP information. I would add that I am using an Apple Macbook Pro with OS 10.10.5. Each of you reading this can be assured that value may come to you should any results be obtained through this appeal.

At the very least the incident is publicly reported.

History

A little bit of history. I run Adblock Plus which I have found excellent. I allow no extensions in the three browsers I use: Firefox, which is my default browser, Safari and Opera. Google I do not use since it proves itself to be more vulnerable than the other three. More on that in a moment.

The only problem, and I stress only, was the infiltration, through malware masquerading as a Flashplayer update; malware site names are constantly changing. The update nagged and nagged so often that I got fedup and clicked. I was redirected to a site that was full of ads. This malware took possession of all of the browsers, except Opera interestingly enough, thus disabling them. Searching was no longer possible.

Flash Player as app is no longer on my computer. It is strange that Adobe do not issue any warnings, a negligence on their part.

I called Apple and they, bless their bloody hearts, spent some two and half hours cracking the problem. The woman helping me was incredibly patient. This was done with cell phone in hand and computer in front of me. Details are superfluous in the context of this discussion.┬á. Together we removed the malware on each of the affected browsers, except, and note this, Google. Google’s browser is no longer on my machine.

As a result of that incident which happened just over a month ago, I installed Malwarebytes. How effective it is I can’t say. One wonders when you run a scan and the report gives a clean bill of health if there wasn’t stuff it missed.

Help and Information Needed

Now to the present incident. I would like to stress that I have had no such previous incident of  this kind. The only thing I have is the unwelcome email that slips past the Spam folder which I clear on a daily basis. I make a habit of unsubscribing to everything that is superfluous. I mean everything. No cluttering of the inbox. So what I see whenever I post online, music or otherwise. is a stream of emails from WordPress. Hundreds of them. And how welcome they are. If you feel lonely, just post on the blog and the rest of the world will come to your doorstep.

The Report

Caution: You explore these URL’s at your own risk. I will not be held responsible for any injury to your machine or devise that results. You should exercise extreme caution in exploratory work you do. Unless, and only unless, you know what you are doing!

I repeat, I accept no responsibility for your actions.

The following intrusions arrived at 11.36 Central Standard Time, today on Firefox.

 

 

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The call for help is that I have found no means of blocking these intrusions. As I say I have not had previous intrusions and these obviously circumvented Adblock Plus.

Thanks for reading.

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 21 July, 2017

 

 

 

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Nico Muhly – Diacritical Marks, Orava String Quartet; Quartet opening for Sufjan Stevens’ Planetarium at the Sydney Opera House, 29th of May, 2012


Nico Muhly – Diacritical Marks, Orava String Quartet; Quartet opening for Sufjan Stevens’ Planetarium at the Sydney Opera House, 29th of May, 2012

1st Movement
2nd Movement
3rd Movement
4th Movement
5th Movement
6th Movement
7th Movement
8th Movement

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 21 July, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, Music, poetry, songs, stories

Nico Muhly – Diacritical Marks, Warhol Dervish


Nico Muhly – Diacritical Marks, Warhol Dervish

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 21 July, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, Music, poetry, songs, stories

Terry Riley – Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector for string quartet, Warhol Dervish, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, August 4, 2012


Terry Riley – Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector for string quartet, Warhol Dervish, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, August 4, 2012

John Corban and Carissa Klopoushak violins
Pemi Paull viola
JC Lizotte Cello

Music: Terry Riley Uses a Quartet Robert Palmer, New York Times September 28, 1982

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 21 July,

Filed under: Arts, Media, Music, poetry, songs, stories

Nico – Waiting For The Man


Nico – Waiting For The Man

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 21 July, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, Music, poetry, songs, stories

The Velvet Underground and Nico – Heroin – At The Hilltop Pop Festival 1969


The Velvet Underground and Nico – Heroin – At The Hilltop Pop Festival 1969

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 21 Julym 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, Music, poetry, songs, stories

The Velvet Underground live MCMXCIII, longer recording than previous post


The Velvet Underground live MCMXCIII, longer recording than previous post

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 21 July, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, Music, poetry, songs, stories

The Velvet Underground – Sweet Jane live MCMXCIII


The Velvet Underground – Sweet Jane live MCMXCIII

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 21 July, 2017

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Velvet Underground Redux – Live MCMXCIII


Velvet Underground Redux – Live MCMXCIII

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 21 July, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, Music, poetry, songs, stories

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