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Combofix is Great Antivirus Software

July 5, 2010

A malicious - fake antivirus message


It's funny how ironic life can be as a few weeks back I posted an entry warning my readers about the various forms of malicious antivirus malware apps which try to install themselves on your PC. I included a few sample malicious screen shots my IT department sent around. The goal was more to help the families and friends of my readers as I imagine most of my readers are technically sophisticated.

Well, yesterday morning I took a look at the laptop which quite often lives on the kitchen table and there it was staring me in the eyes, one of the fake antivirus programs I warned you all about.

Apple iTunes App Store Hacked

July 4, 2010

It appears according to a report from The Next Web that the iPhone App Store has been hacked and so have accounts. According to the article:

The rankings in the books category of the US iTunes store features 40 out of 50 apps by the same app developer, Thuat Nguyen.

It seems the developer in question which has apps which are being mass purchased by iTunes accounts holders.

Anna Chapman: a Model Spy - Seriously

July 2, 2010

I already covered how this whole spy scandal seems unusual because they didn't seem to be taking as many precautions as they should to avoid detection. Now I happened upon a post from David Gewirtz explaining how gorgeous lead spy Anna Chapman is. He included in his post the video below where she talks about her training as an investment banker and desire to be an Internet entrepreneur.

So let me put this in perspective.

Invitation Only Video Interviews in San Jose with TMC

June 29, 2010

OK - it is kind of weird to call it "invitation only" if I am blogging about it but somehow it doesn't seem right to not let you know that TMC will be on-hand in Silicon Valley performing a host of video interviews with the best and brightest minds in tech and communications at the San Jose Marriott Tues, JULY 13th - Thurs, JULY 15th.

A sample screen shot of an interview which took place just outside of Washington DC


Here is a link to the most recent interviews I posted from a similar trip to the Washington DC area. If you are interested in consideration be sure to reach out immediately to Jaime Hernaez (jhernaez (at) tmcnet.com).

Since word got out about these interviews the spots have been filling up faster than in any city we have gone to so please be aware we expect all spots to fill up soon.

Here is a sample video from our recent DC trip



Russia Spies Use Ad-Hoc WiFi Network

June 29, 2010

In a world where the Internet is so pervasive and content flows so freely in such massive quantities, you would imagine encrypted information can be sent undetected between spy agencies and spies. Why, you may wonder would anyone transfer covert in any other manner? Still, this is exactly what happened when a gang of alleged Russian spies communicated via ad-hoc network between coffee shops and a nearby van. In addition, the ring made use of prepaid phones.

SpaceNet, Angel.com, HyperOffice, Parature and other Video Interviews

June 28, 2010

Last week I was in DC and met with a number of companies in the surrounding area which I wrote about in this entry. In an effort to keep you up to date on more of the interviews I have posted others below and hopefully they are useful to you.

SpaceNet is a managed network services company with roots in the satellite space. The two videos below show the breadth of the company's offerings (Apple users click here: SpaceNet overview, Coms on the move)



Angel.com, a division of Microstrategy talks about their company's cloud-based IVR and contact center solutions for the global 2,000 (Apple link)


HyperOffice boosts small business collaboration and productivity - carriers/channel welcome (Apple link)


Parature is a leader in customer service solutions and enables 20M customers and a Facebook page near you (Apple Link)


Bay Bridge Decision Technologies makes strategic planning software for contact centers with 350+ agents (Apple link)

SkyBitz was formed from a DARPA grant and focuses on low-powered asset tracking and has over 30% market share in the trucking space. Using GLS not GPS, the company adds proprietary technology to solve for location on servers.
















Skype Problem with your Payment Scam

June 16, 2010

TMC has been getting inundated with emails lately about problems with Skype accounts we don't own. We checked into the malicious script embedded in the emails and they appear to send you to servers in Estonia where your computer is likely to be infected with malware. Not that I need to tell you but - stay away - and be sure others who may fall for this scam know not to click.

E-mail attached:

Malicious Software to Avoid Online

June 10, 2010

As a tech person I am often called upon to help people I know fix their computers when there is a problem. While my regular readers are no doubt aware of many of the Internet scams which infect computers with malware, Trojans and viruses, I imagine many of you have had to spend hours and money trying to undo damage done by some of this software because others have been duped into clicking where they shouldn't have.

Having said that, I have been meaning to put together some graphics of "legitimate looking" scams to avoid and today my capable MIS team sent these images around - which of course reminded me to attend to this post which has been on my mind for a while. Feel free to forward it to users who you believe will benefit from seeing what to avoid online.

TMC Gets Written up in Norwalk Hour Newspaper

June 4, 2010

I am fortunate that I get to speak reporters about my company from time to time and whenever I do I always worry until the article comes out. Reporters are busy (speaking from experience) and they don't always get all the facts right. I always blame myself when this happens - after all if you communicate in a clear, concise manner with an organized, structured system of segueing between topics, it is much easier to follow.

Personally I have sat in briefings with charismatic tech leaders who spend 30 minutes talking and when I look at my notes, I wonder what the heck was said.

TMC Celebrates 38-Year Anniversary

May 24, 2010

How do companies make it through gut-wrenching industry and technological change without going under?

I do my best to wish every TMC a team member a Happy TMC Anniversary and as such the start date of all of our full-time members are in my calendar so I can be the one to send them this greeting (If I forgot you in the past - please accept my apologies). Last week I noticed that it was the anniversary of Nadji Tehrani, the company Founder & Chairman, my father and the person who decided to start this company in 1972. Funny, I never noticed his start date on my calendar before - and it occurred to me that this was TMC's 38-year anniversary.

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