WE ARE UNDER ATTACK

INTRODUCTION

Fellow hubbers, and other readers if you are reading this hub you are part of the “computer age". I want to raise both your awareness, and advise you of the dangers we are under and, ways for us to protect ourselves from the dangers inherent on the Internet today. The old expression, “Forewarned is forearmed” is applicable in this instance!!!

 

MY DISCOVERY OF THIS DANGER

I have been using the Interned fat, dumb, and happy, but those days are over now that I’ve discovered what’s happening while I’m sleeping. Hackers from China, and some from Korea are attacking my computer. My Norton Security Suite logs their IP address, and I can track where they come from by using a whois lookup. The first time I saw that these Asian hackers were intruding into my life I was flabbergasted!!!!!!!!!!

WHAT’S UP WITH THESE HACKERS

I am so dumbfounded I have no clue why hackers from China are trying to hack into my computer. I’m just a plain old guy after all; I’m no James Bond!!! If it weren’t for Norton all my financial information would be in the hands of some scumbag in China, or Korea. There was even one attempt from Houston, Texas. It’s a mind-boggling situation, and it bothers me quite profoundly!!!!!!!!!!! What’s an Internet user to do? Were on our own to use the best product to protect ourselves from these attacks!!!!!!!!!

WHERE’S THE GOVERNMENT

It seems to me with the Federal government intruding into every private function in our lives they should be protecting us from these foreign hackers. The government rams health care down our throats along with financial regulation, but NASA is now a PR firm with a mission of boosting our relations with Islamic nations. Put this technological talent of NASA to work protecting us from foreign hackers, and leave us alone in our personal choices!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If NASA could put men on the moon, and run the shuttle along with the space station, surely they can protect citizens from hackers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We must demand this protection from our meddling government!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comments 34 comments

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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Tom, been there, my main email account compromised, I now don't use provider mail account due to them sending emails from my address. I run anti virus and attack software "Bit Defender" it logs the actions but could not stop them. I purchased a Magic Jack telephone and made 1 call, the next day my account was terminated due to "commercial use" 158 calls were placed over night. I tried to work with Magic Jack to resolve the problem. I was told too bad, you broke the rules and loose your money. I protested and withdrew payment via credit card dispute. Then I called customer service and being with in the 30 day guaranty got a return number and sent it back, as one hand didn't know what the other was doing.

I got lucky as far as my money went.

Great hub voted up, everyone should know about it. To add a tidbit every email you send is on record in one of many large buildings held by our government, nothing is sacred, 50


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Dusty,

The government is butting into our personal business so much the least they could do is protect us from these predators!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for sharing and commenting.


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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Tom. Thanks for valuable info.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Vladimir,

You are welcome sir.

Thank you for visiting, and commenting.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

The present administration seems to think that we are bad people and have to be scolded bad controlled. They don't have time for this other stuff.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Tom,

Thanks so much for the heads up. I just met a woman yesterday who told me her computer was literally taken over by who knows who and all her personal info was compromised. The one thing the government should be doing for us is the very thing they are not doing. Voted up and useful!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

dahoglund,

Sadly, but truly I believe you are correct!!

Thank you for your comment.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Pop,

Just knowing all these strangers are trying to pry into my personal business give me the willies!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your visit and comment.


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Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

Tom, They have a purpose. They want you to believe in OBAMA. They will continue to try, until they detect a change in you. Do you get pro-OBAMA pop-ups? Be ware my friend, B.O. is watching. H


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Harvey,

At this point in time anything is possible!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your comment.


SusanP 6 years ago

Remember (long time ago, LOL) when we made JOKES about Big Brother watching? We didn't suspect our jokes would become reality.

Thanks for the reminder, Tom. Good hub!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

SusanP,

Yes I remember. I guess 1984 was just a little late arriving, but now it's here with a vengence!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your comment.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Tom it seems to me that we are living in the times that Orwell and Ayn Rand had warned us about 50 plus years ago. Now a judge said that if your driveway is not fenced off that they have the right to GPS your car and monitor your activities. I say WTF ?


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Tony,

It's certainly not the same country I grew up in, and raised my daughters in. I guess the brave new world is here!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your comment.


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snagerries 6 years ago from Singapore

Thats a very useful info which you have shared. Thanks!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

snagerries,

I try to help when ever possible although I can't do much!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your complimentary comment.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

One day I logged onto my email site and discovered it wiped clean - all of the bank info, etc, I had stored there GONE! Problem is, I just sound paranoid when I mention it. Remember when - a couple of years ago! - people were so upset that the government might ask the library about books they'd checked out???


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

sheila b.

There are sharks in the Internet waters. Some are foreign, and some are domestic, and we never know who's watching!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for visiting and commenting.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Tom, Thanks for the information. I had no idea it was that bad.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Pamela,

It's so bad even I have no idea how bad it really can be!!!

Thank you for your comment.


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Butch45 6 years ago

Hi great info I was warned after my email was hacked. The best defense is to use the very strong passwords and do not store them on your computer . This is not prevention it just makes it a lot harder and most times they go for the easy people. You can use upper and lower case letters numbers and the row of symbols above the numbers. If you use two of each it makes it way more secure. If you are silly enough to store your private info on the computer look out it is not if you will be hacked but when. Great hub and it is no joke.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Butch45,

I have all my passwords now stored on Norton Security and I believe they're safe there!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your comment.


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SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia

I guess I have been pretty lucky, and I was a late arrival to the digital age, as I have only been marginally computer literate for 18 months or so. as for WHY is our government NOT doing their job? Come on, Tom, you and I know that they are too busy coddling illegals, sucking up to muslims, and vacationing to worry about American citizens!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Sheri,

I think you just knocked 3-2 pitch out of the park in the bottom of the ninth inning!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your cogent comment.


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

When I am not on my computer, I shut it down.

Keep on hubbing!


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Oh and just to let you know they aretalking about public funding for the Mosque too ! Is this the f****n United States anymore ?


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

eovery,

I used to shut down my computer, but I talked to the head trobleshooter for Norton and he said it doesn't matter they can get you while you're sitting right there!!!!!!!

Thank you for your comment.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

tony,

I feel like Alice after going through the looking glass. I don't know this country anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your comment.


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kimh039 6 years ago

thanks for the 411 Tom. Security is one of those things you don't notice til it's gone! And, like sheilab mentioned, you feel paranoid when you discuss it. nice hub.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

kimh039,

It's true we can't be too careful. Like the old saying," An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your visit and comment.


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wytegarillaz 5 years ago from Australia

I am in Australia & keep getting messages that someone is trying to get into my computer , can't imagine why ?

Also that someone has the same IP address . All weird to me .


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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

wytegarillaz,

It's a strange cyber world!!!

Thank you for your visit and comment.


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Avery troubling hub. Thanks for the heads up. I will increase my vigilance.


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Tom Whitworth 5 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Gypsy Willow,

Keep the best security software you can and keep your guard up!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your visit and comment.

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