Wednesday, May 4, 2011

FBI Warns Beware of Bin Laden Computer Spam and Malware Viruses

The intense public interest surrounding Usama bin Laden is the perfect vehicle for Internet scams and malware, the FBI warned Tuesday, issuing an official warning to “exercise” caution online.

One common piece of malware spreading rapidly on the Internet purports to show photos or videos of bin Laden’s killing. Clicking on these links can wreak havoc on some users’ machines, the agency warned.

“This malicious software or 'malware' can embed itself in computers and spread to users’ contact lists, thereby infecting the systems of associates, friends, and family members,” the FBI said in a statement. “These viruses are often programmed to steal your personally identifiable information.”

Security firms have also been warning of the potential uptick in dangerous spam, citing similar malware episodes in 2004, 05 and 06 -- all related to Bin Laden news.

“News targeting famous/notorious personalities are often used in scams,” Symantec explained on its official blog. “At this moment, we at Symantec Probe Network are observing a huge inflow of legitimate messages carrying links to the news. However, in all likelihood, there will be an increase in spam volume targeting this news.”

Leading security firm Kaspersky Lab began detecting spam e-mail campaigns and Web pages built specifically to game the major search engines within hours of the first reports of his death in a firefight with U.S. forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

To Battle Student Fights One Utah School Fines Students For Fighting

The Granite School District is allowing one of its high schools to fine students for fighting. Tuesday night the program got the final approval, but it's been in effect for six weeks.

The deal is if a student fights at Granger High School, they pay $50. This came after a fight was caught on tape between two West Jordan Middle School students posted online in December.

There have been 37 assaults at Granger High this year, according to west Valley City Police. School officials say detention and suspension was not working.

The money collected goes back into school activities and arts. This program will run the remainder of the year and next year as well.

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9/11 Family Turns Down Invitation From President Obama To Join Him At Ground Zero Ceremony

As 50 randomly selected families prepare to join President Barack Obama for a ceremony at the World Trade Center site Thursday, one of the invited 9/11 families have decided to pass on the Commander-in-chief's visit.

Although many consider it to be a once in a lifetime invitation, the Vigiano family of Deer Park, Long Island have respectfully declined.

"If this form letter was the invitation, it was kinda lame," John Vigiano told PIX 11 News when describing the email invitation sent to him from the White House.

Jan and John Vigiano received the email invite Tuesday and admitted that they nearly deleted it, thinking it was spam. The private invitation complete with the White House seal informed the couple about President Obama's visit to the World Trade Center site just days after news broke about Osama bin Laden's death.

What rubbed the Vigiano's the wrong way was not what the email said, but how it was addressed.

"It says 'Dear 9-11 family member,' - no names" " John Vigiano said, reading the invite aloud to PIX 11 cameras. "I don't know if its disrespectful, but it doesn't work for me."

The Vigianos lost both their sons on September 11, 2001. John Vigiano Jr. was 36, and a FDNY firefighter, while their youngest Joe Vigiano was an emergency services detective with the NYPD.

"There is no closure," a sobbing John Vigiano said. "There is none."

The Vigiano family is just one of fifty families sent the exclusive invitation to meet the President at what is being billed as a historic visit to Ground Zero Thursday. With all that considered, the mourning father says he's not going.

"I'm honored the President of the United States is coming to New York," he said. "[But] to me its just going to be a photo op."

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David Wilkerson's Sons Asks Prayer For His Mother

Rev. David Wilkerson's wife, Gwen Wilkerson, is still recovering in the hospital from the crash that killed her husband.

On Wednesday, doctors worked to repair a broken hip she suffered during the accident, according to her son Gary Wilkerson.

In a brief update published on the World Challenge website, Wilkerson also urged supporters to continue praying for his mother.

"Please pray as she in surgery today to repair a broken hip," he said. "Pray also for her emotional strength after suffering such a loss."

Rev. Wilkerson was buried Monday during a private ceremony for friends and family in Tyler, Texas. The beloved minister was killed April 27 when the car he was driving collided head-on with a truck in east Texas.

Earlier on Wednesday, Gary Wilkerson, also assured supporters of his father's ministries that the work he started will continue.

"Today, with the funeral and burial behind us, the works of Jesus launched through his ministry are still moving on in full force," he said. "Dad was fond of saying, 'The best is yet to come.' I'm convinced he's right."

Times Square Church will hold a public memorial service for Wilkerson in New York City on May 14 at 2 p.m.

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Google TV Ad Using Toy Story Movie Character Woody To Promote Homosexuality

By Josephine Vivaldo|Christian Post Contributor

During Tuesday night’s episode of “Glee,” viewers caught the first airing of Google’s ad for the “It Gets Better Project,” which encourages teens that despite all the anti-gay bullying, it eventually “gets better.”

The commercial, promoting the browser Google Chrome, highlights at the end, “the web is what you make of it” after showing celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, Cathy Griffin and Woody from “Toy Story” lending their voice to the campaign.

While it’s not surprising for Alan Chambers of Exodus International, a ministry that helps people who are impacted by homosexuality, to see Fortune 500 companies as well as celebrities endorsing homosexuality, he was surprised and disappointed that they would use a children’s character for the project.

“Children all over the world, including my two children are fans of ‘Toy Story’ and to see a character like that endorsing something that at this point children have no need to know about, it’s disappointing,” he told The Christian Post.

Chambers, who overcame homosexuality and is now a father of two, suspects that if the commercial airs while he and his children are watching a show and “if they happen to see that and ask questions and if they get the full understanding of what the commercial is actually about, we will have to have the conversation. It’s not something I plan to talk to my kids, 5 and 6, about.”

As the commercial is set to be aired in various channels across the country, Chambers only hopes that churches across the country get together to answer the those very concerns related to bullying and homosexuality as well.

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New York School Stops Christian Club-Uses "No Money" as Excuse

Some students in New York are suing a school district for not allowing them to form a Christian club on the high school campus.

Last October, a couple of students at Hicksville High School in Nassau County approached their principal to request official recognition for the Frontline Club, a Christian discipleship organization. But according to the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), the Christian legal alliance representing the students, the principal would not allow any religious clubs to be recognized, despite the fact that 12 other schools in the county already had Christian clubs.

After receiving further pressure, the principal finally admitted that the real reason was limited finances. But ADF attorney David Cortman does not buy that excuse.

David Cortman (Alliance Defense Fund)"It's simply ridiculous in this case that Hicksville High School says it has no budget for a Christian club but somehow has enough to pay for 35 clubs, including a ping pong club," he notes.

Based on that, Cortman decides the principal is violating the constitutional rights of the Christian students.

"Public schools cannot ban Christian student clubs simply because they're religious," he contends. "If officials at government-run schools did their homework, they'd know that the students have a First Amendment right to express their beliefs."

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Porn Prosecution Revived

The public has an opportunity to encourage the U.S. attorney general to act on obscenity prosecutions.

Pat Trueman's Morality in Media (MIM) has launched the call-in event through today to get action after years of inaction.

"We want people to tell the attorney general that we want the laws against illegal adult pornography enforced," Trueman explains. "This attorney general in the Obama administration, Eric Holder, has stopped enforcing obscenity laws."

Pat  TruemanHe says Holder has given the porn industry the green light to proceed, which is what Trueman wants stopped. Though some child pornographers have been prosecuted, the MIM president contends adult porn fans the flames into that realm of the industry.

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U.S. House Set to End Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

An important vote is coming up on Wednesday in the US House of Representatives; H.R.3—the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act—is said to have bipartisan support.

Even so, citizens who value life, and who would rather not have their tax dollars go toward ending babies’ lives, should contact their representatives urging them to vote in favor of H.R.3.

In addition to ending taxpayer-funded abortion, the bill—according to a Citizen Link report—would also codify conscience protections for health care workers who object to performing abortion and other actions that violate their morals or ethics.

To contact your representative, click HERE.
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