[bct] Re: [Blind Access Journal] Red Alert: Don't Let Audio Magic Cast An Evil Spell on Your Computer!

  • From: Chris Skarstad <toonhead5@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2006 14:20:19 -0600

Hi. While this might be true, the link people are sent to is *not* the same link as this program can be gotten from, the domain itself is quite suspicious. Roachhost, can you say safe? Nope, don't think so. I think what happens is that people hear, new free audio editing software! wow! This does such cool stuff, oh boy! I'm downloading it now! yay!
They are so excited that they not only don't pay attention to the fact that the file is only 148 k in size, or the file comes from a site that seems suspect.
So the name audiomagic might be for a real program, there is nothing in the world stopping a virus writer from calling a program whatever he/she likes. He could call it Sound Forge 9, and people would just download it, thinking it's this fabulous new program. of course, it isn't. This definitely teaches people a lesson about downloading just anything that comes along.
and sadly, it also teaches us the hard lesson that just because it's aimed at the blind community, it's not always safe.
I feel very badly for anyone effected by this, in fact I know one person personally who downloaded this thing, and her machine was almost destroyed by it. She lost a lot of important work. Luckily she thinks she has most of it backed up, but you can never be too careful!!

At 01:47 PM 3/18/2006, you wrote:
Hi list, I did a google search on the program, and it is a lijit program. It's sponsored by sharit, and it cost $20.00
It looks real.
Regards Ken

At 11:13 AM 3/18/2006, you wrote:
Hi Matthew
I'm 99.9% sure that this isn't even a valid program.
It would appear that it's being targeted directly at the blind community, which is very sad. Hell it's sad if *anybody* is a victim to this. Jesus!

At 10:09 AM 3/18/2006, you wrote:
So then this is a good reason for those who haven't filled in the From field
of their e-mail settings to do so with their real name, instead of letting
it fill in the e-mail address, because then people can tell the difference
when a false message comes through from a user's account. Also, it's sad
that this person has ruined someone else's launch of this program, if indeed
it is a valid program, which I'm not even sure about. Whoops, I've ended a
sentence with a preposition. It should be, about which I'm not sure.
Thanks a lot.

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