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The End Of ‘Weaselboy’

Weaselboy is behind bars: ‘Weaselboy’ jailed for internet scam 

A computer obsessive nicknamed Weaselboy was jailed for six years yesterday for an elaborate internet scam that earned him more than £1.5 million. Still only 23 years old, Peter Francis-Macrae boasted that he could bring the country’s economy to its knees by crashing computer systems.

He also threatened to kill police and trading standards officers when they began investigating the online rackets he had run for five years and which, at times, brought in £200,000 a week.

I don’t have time to paint this guy’s history but a keyword search on his name should suffice. It seems to revolve around

registering the names before they were officially released. Francis-Macrae, of Crosshall Road, St Neots, is alleged to have made more than £1.5 million from the fraud involving the domain names.

More details here.

Rogue Dialers Still On The Rampage

Seems that those rogue dialers are still out there: This from the Manchester Evening News: £8m net swindle

UP TO 300 internet users a day are targeted by a swindle which cost British consumers about £8m in a year, says BT.

The company has received more than 80,000 complaints from computer users whose machines are linked to premium rate or international numbers without their consent.

Up to 2,000 people a day are now signing up for new BT software which guards against the internet dialler scam.

Victims of the con have seen their BT bills soar by an average £100, with some customers being stung for up to £1,000.

Here’s the software site. The blurb says:

Once downloaded, the software automatically launches everytime you start your computer. It monitors internet dial-up connections and alerts you when unauthorised users attempt to dial restricted numbers. When suspicious activity is noticed a display window will warn “You are attempting to dial a premium rate, international or non-approved number. If you do not want to proceed with this call hang up. If in any doubt you should unplug your modem and check your settings before attempting to redial”.