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SMS Scam - Drive-by Download

3 March 2009 - 10:08am -- Room 108

Room 108 has received a warning about unsolicited SMS messages being received with text similar to the following:

  • Hi,i post your full Personal and Banking information at WEBSITE You can remove it, i am sorry.
  • I post your full Personal and Banking information at WEBSITE You can remove it, i am sorry.
  • Someone posted Your full Personal and Banking information at WEBSITE website. You must to remove it now.

These SMS messages are known to be part of a ""Drive-by Download"" scam. This type of scam directs you to a website that then automatically downloads malicious software to your computer or handheld electronic device (e.g. phone). This is done without your consent and often without any indication of what is happening to your machine. Once installed this malicious software often collects personal/business details and sends these to a fraudster so that they could undertake identity theft.

If you have received an SMS message of this nature and have visited the web site, it is recommended that you undertake a full check of your computer system or handheld electronic device to determine whether any spyware, computer virus or malicious software has been installed.

If you are worried about the security of your system get in touch and we can discuss this with you."

 

Moving Forward

1 June 2008 - 2:00pm -- Room 108

In the last ten years we have developed our services in order to meet the needs of our clients. Now we are looking forward to our next ten years, and beyond. This year we’ve also extended to Edinburgh with access to a fantastic space for working and meeting in Rose Street. This move helps us provide a better service for our Edinburgh based clients as well as allowing us more time to enjoy this beautiful city.

A New Year and a Happy Birthday

1 January 2008 - 3:00pm -- Room 108

Everyone here at Room 108 would like to wish all our clients and partners a Happy New Year.

2008 will see Room 108 reach its 10th birthday. We’d like to say a huge thank you to all our clients, suppliers and partners for your support, without who, we may not have reached this milestone.

We are looking forward to a productive 2008 and look forward to working with you in the coming year.

FlexiScale

8 October 2007 - 12:00am -- Room 108

Room 108 has been a reseller of XCalibre hosting for a while now and we were interested in the FlexiScale concept but was struggling to figure out how, Room 108 a small but growing Lothian web design company could utilise the platform. Then one of our other hosting suppliers provided an opportunity in the worst possible way.

We were faced with a main customer site that was nearly on its knees, technology wise (the phrase “Upgrading to ASP.NET 2.0 did not cause the problem” will haunt me for a long time) and a test site that was down, when added to the fact that a new version of the site was to go live within days and we needed sign off from the customer meant that I needed a Windows 2003 Server with ASP.NET quickly.

We finally called XCalibre and asked if they were taking orders for FlexiScale, to which the answer was yes but everyone was currently on a plane going down to FoWA to launch the FlexiScale product, my heart sank at this point as the main site was starting to grind to a halt. Thankfully within an hour we had a call back and the setup of our Windows Server was in progress. Within hours we had the test site back up and running and the main site transferred across as a backup, just as the main site went down. (Question: When will we see dynamic DNS updates across the internet, as the time taken for the new IP address to filter through the net was not fun? The good side of this is that we became a bit more proficient with nslookup.)
FlexiScale provided Room 108 with a test site and a backup for the main site which can be used when we need it and all for the cost of a couple of beers, Thank You.

The main site is now back on its original hosting platform now, but as soon as we have sorted out web stats capability that is close to Urchin 5 functionality without the same level of costs associated it will probably move back to the FlexiScale platform.

So back to our original problem of struggling to figure out how to use the FlexiScale platform, I think we now have at least one use case which will greatly improve our testing infrastructure by providing more accurate mirroring of the primary hosting platform, with the added advantage that we only pay for it, when we are using it.

Stay tuned for more details on how Room 108 will be using on-demand utility computing.

The Room 108 Technical Team

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