The Anatomy of the Ian Balina Hack of 2 million in cryptocurrency

This week a popular youtuber Ian Balina a cryptocurrency evangelist was hacked of almost 2 million in Ethereum tokens and other alt coins a snapshot of his portfolio is below. This news was quite shocking for many people in this space as Ian does have a reputation as savvy ICO investor reputedly turning an initial investment of $90,000 US dollars into $4 million in under a year. Due to his transparency in showing his methods and showing his success he has built up a large social media following across YouTube , Facebook, twitter and Instagram. People are clearly looking to Ian for guidance, so I and others were quite surprised to discover how weak his defence system was in light of the resources he could deploy to have come up with a better system. Most individuals in the space with large portfolios usually keep their lucrative crypto gains on a hardware wallet such as a Trezor wallet or a ledger blue. Attacking these devices is difficult for an online hacker as they are seldom attached to the network and usually have mechanisms which make it difficult to establish through an infected computer which password the user is typing. I hope the other half of his portfolio is spread on 10 of these and locked away in a bank security vault! I can only assume that he chose to have these items in an online file as he planned to trade the tokens and did not want to carry a hardware wallet around the world with him as that would make him vulnerable to a “wrench attack” or an “evil maid attack”.  

So let’s have a look at how it was done, and inexpensively learn from poor old Ian’s mistakes. Ian kept the private and public keys to his Ethereum wallet in an encrypted file on the Evernote online platform. As long as he remembered the password to evernote.com he would be able to access  the files he created there to store his private keys. The hacker must of picked up a list of Ian’s most commonly used emails by researching his online content. They then must of probed each one by requesting a password reset request which possibly challenged the hacker to state which recovery address or method the email provider should use to perform the request. Even if they only showed a partial address it may have been enough for the hacker to guess the complete email address which turns out to be his old college address. So now they have the recovery address of his main email address but as yet cannot enter it. So, they need to put together a very authentic looking college admin email pretending to be from the college and claim there had been some unusual activity on his account and could he login via a link. Clearly you should be aware that this is spearfishing. This is where you prepare a bespoke email targeting one high net worth individual or a prominent person in a company with a view to get them to compromise their login password. I do feel for Ian Balina here because if the email is put together well and your in a bit of a lazy  mood you might not check the url and login on the link. I have done it myself when Btc-e went down and I received a timely email from WEX.nz admin. Fortunately I had no funds in that trading exchange so my guard was down and I took the bait and they stole my password, but like I said nothing was lost. 

Now here’s where the Hacker must have had patience or Ian neglected to realise the college email was the password recovery email of his main email account and had been compromised. Getting control of his main account would then mean they would have access to the evernote.com account if they initiated the password reset they would then be able to access the files containing the cryptocurrency private keys to his Ethereum wallets and tokens. Now the actual methods used are not disclosed in detail by Ian I have on extrapolated information from the very grey details I was able to pick up from posts online. 

Clearly if he had two factor authentication on some of these accounts it would of gone a long way to restricting the Hackers and perhaps given him the time to react. The hack took place while he was on a live YouTube stream  which seems the popular with hacks against YouTubers. I believe this is more about the victim being distracted and therefore not able to take the necessary steps to lock-down the affected accounts.

Hopefully we can learn from this crime and better protect ourselves and get help in accessing our security systems. If your interested in assessing your computers systems and security methods get in contact with us. We are also given out a free “Recovery email checklist” use the contact us form to request yours free.

 

Should you buy a Gaming Console or Invest in a Gaming PC

Should you buy a Gaming Console or Invest in a Gaming PC ?

 

It’s a great question should you buy a gaming  console with your hard earned money or spend a little extra and get that gaming pc you secretly desire. Well it depends, are you willing to spend the time and research to get the equipment that will deliver, as per your expectations. How far will your budget spread? Will a limited budget mean that you will have to build it all yourself, and how much research will need to be done to make sure your components are all compatible with each other? If you realise you can’t assemble the machine half way through the build as system components seem to be failing, do you have a plan B in place (That would be the telephone number of your local Game System builder). The video example on this page will show you the visual difference between the two and at the end of them both you will be somewhere closer to make that decision yourself. Also I can confirm you do not have to spend $10,000 on components to get a system running at 60 FPS that is easily possible on a 4K GPU starting at $250 surrounded by the right component including a SSD hard drive of good quality.

 

Need our help in either designing a build. Troubleshooting a build you have started. Or just some general questions. Get in touch where located in London and can serve customers physically in and around this area. We can of course help other users via email around the globe. Let us know in the comments what your decision was on buying a Gaming Console or Invest in a Gaming PC, we would love to know.

Just enjoy the experience on a 4k GPU card at 60FPS (From £220.00) below including the amazing detail of the helicopter scene at 3 mins 14 sec:

 

 

How to trade Bitcoin like a Boss

 

A nameless cryptocurrency fanatic capitalized on this week’s dramatic bitcoin price plunge by diligently scooping up ​​​​$400 million worth of bitcoin.

 

Cryptocurrencies have had a tumultuous start to 2018. At the beginning of the brand new shiny year, many Crypto currencies had been riding a wave of exponential growth, and the market capitalization of the crypto currency space grew to the point that a $1 trillion valuation didn’t appear unreasonable. Then, early in the New Year, lack of confidence collapsed the market, and the top 1000 cryptocurrencies slumped significantly, causing a global crypto currency depression.

 

At the same time as the price crash won’t have been the cryptocurrency bubble pop that many analysts have anticipated, it did imply that top cryptocurrencies, even industry leader bitcoin, fell to their lowest levels in months.

 

Although bitcoin dipped south of $6,000 per coin in early February, according to marketplace Watch, the rate has consolidated and risen substantially. In fact, it has climbed gradually each day and has climbed more than 60% in the past two weeks or so, eventually clambering up to and above $10,000.

 

Questions are now been asked, who is The Bitcoin Whale?

Reputedly, the nameless cryptocurrency trader who made a prime investment inside the high risk Cryptoverse imagined that this upward trend will continue. Nonetheless, bitcoin’s spot price remains some distance beneath its all-time high of shy of $20,000 per coin, attained in December in 2017.

 

Who made the astonishing ballsy purchase? As of now, his or her identification has been tough to nail down, almost impossible if they choose to remain anonymous. Alex Sunnarborg (Tetras Capital founder) commented “not sure who that large purchaser was, however many have sold this dip and bought the rebound after regulatory clarity within the U.S. and Asia”.

The acquisition was made between February 9 and February 12 to an account related to the bitcoin address 3Cbq7aT1tY8kMxWLbitaG7yT6bPbKChq64. That account has seen its bitcoin balance balloon from 55k BTC rocketing north to almost 96k BTC. Whoever you are thanks for showing us all how to trade like a Boss!

Windows 10 Troubleshooting

Windows 10 Troubleshooting, it’s all covered here.

So, it looks like you were unable to resist the glossy ultra polished TV Ad’s with the adorable progeny of the current generation being used to coax you into a false sense of security and the assumption that this Microsoft Windows upgrade will go smoothly without mishap. Well not to worry we’ll do our best to highlight the worst bugs in Microsoft windows 10 and the troubleshooting steps you will need to take. You may have to adapt out the instruction a little as every system differs slightly but if we point you in the right direction you should be ok.

Shiny New Windows 10 operating system

.”How to fix Windows 10’s worst problems – BetaNews

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Microsoft is rolling out cumulative updates for its operating system on what appears to be a weekly basis at the moment. These updates fix some problems, but not all. In some cases, they even cause more trouble, and …

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5 common problems people are having with Windows 10

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If you do update to Windows 10 in these early days — here’s how to skip the queue and install Windows 10 right now — these are some of the common problems you may encounter. Of course, we’ve also included some notes …

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Windows 10 troubleshooting tips

On the whole, for most people with newer computer hardware the upgrade delivered from the internet has been a success. As time goes on and the lessons are learned through Windows 10 inbuilt error reporting process,  the next brave wave of upgrade pioneers will have an easier time of it.

Now that you have read the most problematic problems with windows 10 I am sure you have the confidence to take on the world. If you don’t, you can always contact us and we will be very happy to step in and sort those nagging issues with the windows 10 upgrade for you. Troubleshooting the next batch of internet woes is something we could do all day, a puzzle a day keeps the grey matter ticking over!

Litecoin mining my experiences, the good the bad and the ugly.

rg2b Litecoin mining my experiences, a place to discuss my own foray with Litecoin mining.

If you’re new to the world of Bitcoin, Litecoin and crypto currencies in general. A simple definition would be to say that they are a new form of digital currency. In very much the same way that we have adopted the credit card after years of using physical paper money (Cash), it is hoped that Litecoin and other crypto currencies will gain acceptance on the basis of their significantly lower transaction charges in comparison to credit cards and interbank cash transfers. This is achieved by a decentralised system where the transactions are checked and verified by the computers of ordinary members of the public. Typically referred to as “Litecoin miners”. All the transactions are secured with the highest forms of encryption, it’s very design makes the system almost impossible to take advantage of as it would mean an attacker would have to have the combined processing power of the entire Litecoin network at their disposal to even begin to attempt to compromise its security.

What’s in it for the Litecoin miners you may be asking yourself. Well the system is designed so that those members of the public using Litecoin mining machines made by companies such as Alpha Tec and KNC miners would themselves be given a reward of FREE coins as long as they kept their machines running on the network. This process is called mining as you are in fact generating new coins as well as assisting transactions between two parties. Possibly a buyer and a seller of Litecoins or simply the movement of Litecoins between two different accounts. These accounts can sometimes be referred to as your Litecoin address or wallet address. As this is a decentralised currency, securing  the PC with which your account is most commonly accessed is fairly important as with any form of currency. Securing a digital wallet is very simple it just requires  a few clicks on your mouse acknowledging you want the wallet encrypted and providing a passcode.  I would always recommend securing the wallet first before actually moving coin to it. Once encrypted the process of compromising it is very difficult. There are other options to use an online wallet  with 2 factor authentication and have them provide much of the security for you. There security policies will be in line with the global ISO 27001 standard.

The primary reason for starting this blog post is to publicly review my recent purchased Alpha Tech Viper mining machine in January 2014. Prior to this date I had built a couple of Litecoin minings rigs using 7950 and R290 I will be documenting my success and failures  in attempting to enter the crypto currency market at such a late stage. Come back to review later post and see how I am getting on with the project.

Litecoin Dream

 

The Litecoin mining Dream!

Computer repair in Southwark; Tourism and Technology

View with the shard, Southwark

Southwark is a prominent area of London and a prime location for tourists to visit. With attractions such as London Bridge, the Shard (pictured above), Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Millennium Bridge all in close proximity to each other and among a wealth of shops, businesses, services like PC maintenance and galleries, it’s no wonder Southwark is always full of an eclectic mix of people. As is important to a capital city, Southwark, historically, has been the centre of trade and traffic over the last few centuries, giving rise to the success of Britain. Located on the Thames between Waterloo and London Bridge it has excellent transport links from is modern architect-designed Tube station, with the Jubilee line, and nearby national rail services.

London has always been very culturally diverse and by the 15th century Southwark had the highest population of immigrants in the capital. 200 years later it was the second most populous urban area of England, City of London taking the top spot. As the Industrial Revolution drew closer, the increase of Irish immigrants in particular was welcomed as many workers were needed to build London’s first railway. As well as the rail network, Borough market, by London Bridge, was opened in 1851 and has continued to succeed. Although it may not offer computer repair in Southwark, being one of the oldest and largest markets in London, Borough market does have an array of foods from all around the world, carrying on the trade of international produce from centuries past.

Many authors and artists alike have added to the cultural wealth of Southwark, with the borough making an appearance as the settings to many of Charles Dickens’ books. Another, and possibly more renowned author and playwright, that is associated with the area is William Shakespeare. His greatest plays were performed in the Globe Theatre including Hamlet, the Twelfth Night, Macbeth and the Tempest. Back then Shakespeare would have hand-written these out in early modern English but if he had been around today, it’s not unlikely he would have typed them up, taken advantage of technology and PC repair in Southwark, maybe even published some of his work on social media sites!

1811 saw the opening of Britain’s first public art gallery, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, adding to the visual arts scene in Southwark. Notable artists include John Ruskin, William Blake and, perhaps one of the most celebrated British landscape artists, Joseph Mallord William Turner. Primarily working in oils, he created works of art still recognized today, some even featuring imagery of Southwark. Although controversial in his time, he then became the Romantic precursor to Impressionism, a movement that produced artists such as Monet. Art has moved on so far from then but Southwark is still very central to the art world, this includes digital art and the use of programs like Photoshop. With the introduction to digital art, the development of creative programs, computer maintenance, new technology and PC repair in Southwark have all become essential to many contemporary artists.

There are many stores in Southwark that you can go to for the latest up-to-date technological devices. PC Hospital, a high quality but low cost PC repair company, is just down the Thames. We offer help with all computer problems for everyone in the area, whether you need a laptop repairer in Blackfriers, computer repair in Southwark or just some free advice over the phone. By calling 0203 714 3567, we can arrange an appointment to be seen within 24 hours.

History, Technology and Computer Repair in London

London westminster and the london eye

London is one of the greatest cities of the world, up with New York, Paris and Berlin, according to Time Out, with such a huge amount of culture and history crammed into a relatively small space. Being the capital of England, and more broadly the United Kingdom, it has so much to offer to visitors, tourists, residents and those who commute in. Within this metropolitan city there are attractions such as the Tower of London, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square; Galleries including the Tate Modern, the National Gallery and the Saatchi Gallery; and museums like the Natural History Museum, the V & A and the Science Museum. That is barely the tip of what London offers. And then there are the services that are there to keep the city moving forward in todays world like the London Underground, computer repair in London, the financial districts, all 43 universities and the emergency services.

The London Underground, more commonly known as the tube, is a vital part of London life, almost as crucial as the internet, smart phones and PC maintenance, it is run by Transport for London (TFL) and stretches as far as Essex, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. In 1863 the Metropolitan railway, now part of the Circle, Hammersmith and City, and Metropolitan lines, was built and also became the first electric traction trains. As engineering and technology advanced, so did the Underground; deep level underground tube railways, that then gave the underground its new name “tube”, were pioneered here in London with the City and South London railway being the first in the world. Then in 2003 the Oyster card with pay-as-you-go and travel card features made traveling on the underground even more streamlined. This mirrored the new societal changes, where consumerism and the fast-paced life of the city has become the norm, PC repair in London supports this growing trend, along with the newest gadgets as everyone is online, which is incidentally even now possible on the Underground!

London has always attracted people from around the world, and what seems to fascinate many of these tourists is the Royal family and the heritage associated with them. This becomes more apparent after seeing the masses of people building up outside Buckingham Palace taking photos that will then be uploaded to Instagram during the changing of the guard and wondering if the current state of the flag means that the Queen is at home.  Although the monarchy makes up a substantial part of the tourism industry taking in billions of pounds, it hasn’t been in political power, at least not as much as Parliament, since 1707 when Scotland and England joined and Queen Anne was on the throne. Queen Elizabeth II is now more of a symbol of unity and identity for the country, with traditional constitutional and representational duties to perform; she also must keep up to date with the news and current affairs, which is now probably done on her laptop or tablet, even the Queen will require computer repair in London to make sure this is possible!

London has been the capital since the twelfth century so it’s not surprising that there are not only many places to buy technology, but a lot of it is designed here. Scattered through-out London are Apple stores, PC worlds, Currys’, plus department stores where you can purchase high end quality electronics such as Harrods and Selfridges. At PC Hospital, we aim to service your laptops and PCs at a low rate and offer good quality computer maintenance, PC repair in London and Greater London, and provide useful and free information over the phone. Within 24 hours, we can see to your computer, just call us on 0203 714 3567 to arrange an appointment.

Computer Repair in Bromley; A Short Historical Guide

Charles Darwins House bromley Down House

Bromley, well not being the best known area within the M25, has had a few accomplishments in its time. Politically speaking, it has been a Borough of London since 1965, but it’s postcode BR still suggests it’s part of Kent. It is a large suburban town, formerly a market town in 1158, with a population of around 16,850. It has been the residence of a surprisingly high number of famous and influential people through-out history onwards to the present day. This list includes David Bowie, Pixie Lott, Siouxsie Sioux, Christopher Tennant and Charles Darwin among others. Not just a place for the rich and famous, Bromley can provide much needed services like computer repair in Bromley and PC maintenance, a number of shops, bars and restaurants and lastly, but not least, Bromley’s Charter Market, an 800 year tradition.

Charles Darwin was a renowned and celebrated scientist, (1809 to 1882), who was most famous for his theory of evolution; he lived with his wife in Down House in Bromley which is pictured above. Darwin, in his time, was a controversial figure with his theory of evolution contradicting the ingrained beliefs of the church, Christianity and Catholicism. His book, “On the Origins of Species”, got rid of earlier concepts and provided groundbreaking theories that later, after acceptance by the scientific communities and general public, became the basis for life sciences and the diversity of life. The core part of evolution, according to Darwin, was the process of Natural Selection, weeding out the weak to help the species continue to grow and adapt to the changes around them. However, it might surprise you to know that Darwin was infact a believer in a Grand Universal Designer. If Charles Darwin was alive in these times, the amount of technology at his disposal, computer maintenance and PC repair in Bromley and all the resources in London, would have given him the tools he needed to fully expand on this idea and find out unimaginable things!

Another influencing and inspiring person who lived in Bromley was David Bowie; he’s a singer, songwriter, musician and more with his work changing the music industry forever. His androgynous style and looks also made him into a fashion icon and he is still inspiring collections to this day like the SS13 collection for Alexander McQueen, which was just in time for the exhibition on him at the Victoria & Albert Museum and his new album release. He was first noticed after his hit “Space Oddity” and again after “Starman”, this was during the period he was performing as his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Then over the course of the next few decades he produced in a wide variety of styles and has so far had a very successful music career. His music is available to stream off the internet, need help with this? Computer repair in Bromley and other electronic services and shops are available.

With an Apple store, PC World and a Currys, Bromley can provide you with technology and at PC Hospital we can provide PC repair in Bromley. With high quality repairs and maintenance available within 24 hours of making an appointment and free technological advice given over the phone, we like to deliver excellent customer service. To make the most of the services available to you call 0203 714 3567.

 

Computer Repair in Canary Wharf: A Major Financial District of London

Canary Wharf at night, viewed from Shadwell.Canary Wharf; one of the main business districts of London during the day and, at night, a dazzling display of pretty lights, bars and restaurants, it is also a place of PC maintenance, major banks and shops. It is connected to the rest of the city via the Jubilee line and the Docklands Light Railway, this line, being elevated above ground, gives one of the best views of Canary Wharf especially at night while travelling though Heron Quays, West India Quays and of course Canary wharf station. Although now it may seem a modern utopia for wealthy bankers and business men, Canary Wharf used to trade in a very different way barely 100 years ago.

canary wharf 100 years ago

Canary Wharf and its surrounding areas used to be an important port, receiving imports from around the world like rum, sugar and, on occasion, elephants. Even further back in history circa 1200, before Barclays, Citi Bank and computer repair in Canary wharf even existed, the whole area was marshlands but by the 1500’s it had been transformed into a port for merchants, seeing off the ships sailing as far America. The early 1800’s saw the opening of West India Quays which, at the time, was considered to be one of the greatest civil engineering accomplishments, although with pioneering inventions from the last few decades, like the internet, along with necessary computer maintenance, it is a difficult concept to conceive. During this time, the area was prosperous from the ports activities, and continued to grow from the importing of raw materials like tobacco and animal skins.

During the 1930’s, while other countries where experiencing financial hardships from the previous world war and the Wall Street crash, the ports of London were responsible for 35 million tons of imports worth £700 million. This made the area very lucrative providing jobs for over 100,000 people; this draws parallels with today’s Canary Wharf, a busy and thriving area, although you can imagine the jobs back then would be a lot more labour intensive and back breaking, rather than the banking jobs, office jobs and those providing services like PC repair in Canary Wharf. However, by the 60’s and 70’s, when the container and cargo ships got too big to get up the Thames and were being diverted to Tilbury, the docks stopped trading and closed up.

It wasn’t until the late 80’s that the plans for what we now know as Canary Wharf were accepted. The 90’s saw the first buildings completed, like in 1991 when the UK’s 2nd tallest skyscraper, One Canada Square, was finished. Fast-forward though bankruptcy and further development and Canary Wharf finally has matched and furthered the 100,000 workers that were employed there 80 years ago. Its advances in technology have been great through-out its time, from ships, cargo and trade innovation to cutting-edge computer systems sorting the finance for the UK, computer repair in Canary Wharf, and the DLR.

As the business men of Canary Wharf want the best in technology, there is a Currys and PC World specially tailored to meet the needs of city workers. We at PC Hospital further the wealth of technology in the area by providing services such as laptop repairers in Greenwich all the way up the DLR line. We can service PCs and Laptops in the Docklands area within 24 hours of receiving a call. In addition, by dialling 0203 714 3567, you can get free advice and information tailored to your needs.

Computer Repair in Deptford and Docklands History of Technology

deptford royal docklands painting

Deptford, situated in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, is a historical landmine. The boarder of Surrey Docks, where we provide computer repair in Deptford and the surrounding areas, is home to such things as the first Royal Dockyard, Deptford Market and one of the world’s oldest stations, Deptford Railway Station. With Canary Wharf on the north bank and the Royal Naval College, now University of Greenwich, on the south bank, it is a highly important area of the Docklands.

The Royal Dockyard of Deptford, in Convoys Wharf, was built during Henry VIII’s reign in 1513; this was just the start, over the next few centuries the Docklands expanded, bringing in goods from around the world. Deptford’s Dockyard was where the warships were built and maintained but has since became synonymous with noteworthy admirals Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake, who Queen Elizabeth the First knighted on this site. Although now the technology associated with the area includes PC repair in Deptford among other things, just a couple hundred years back, it was at the forefront of innovative shipbuilding and design.

Royal Victoria Victualling Yard and Rum Stores

 

The Thames side entrance to Royal Victoria Victualling Yard, Deptford, is yet another historical landmark in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Back in the day it was a place for naval ships to stock up on provisions before their long journeys across the seas. Pictured above are the gates and the rum stores, where rum that had been imported from the Caribbean was stored, leading to the immense wealth in London via the sophisticated banking system.

Another, less well known figure of Deptford is Samuel Pepys, who was a naval administrator and a Member of Parliament, but is now more known for the diary he kept in the seventeenth century. This diary has been an important primary source for English historians as it depicted, firsthand, the Restoration, the Great Fire of London, the Great Plague of London and the Second Dutch War. Nowadays, instead of a diary, it is not too hard to imagine that he would have blogged about these events, making use of our services like computer repair in Deptford, all the while being a big hit in social media.

So, thoughout the historical background of Deptford, pioneering technology has always played a major role in the advancement of the area. Nowadays, new technology is not reserved solely for the Navy or the Industrialist. The closest tech store is the PC world located on Old Kent Road. We at PC Hospital also offer cost effective computer services, specialising in Computer and PC repair in Deptford, and are available for call outs within 24 hours. Computer advice and help is also offered via our phone number 0203 714 3567.

Deptford Docklands Map