issued a warning to customers
THE parcel delivery firm FedEx have issued a warning
to all its customers and non-customers about a fraudulent email that
has a virus attached to it. FedEx in the UK said that:- "We have
been advised of a fraudulent email using the FedEx brand. We advise
customers not to open the email or its attachment. For information
you can our
website to see samples of the
fake emails being sent out. If
you think you have a fake email from FedEx, please report it via
emailing it to:- firstname.lastname@example.org.".
The email we have beem made aware of carries
the subject:- "Track your parcel" and has a file attached containing
a Trojan that will self-replicate called:-
The email claims to be from FedEx Information
and has the following file attached:- "wlmail.exe",
but this might change from email to email. Other file attachments
reported include a ZIP file that has the name:- "FedEx-Shipment-Notification_GX3553U8-Jan2012.zip"
and contains a file "FedEx-Shipment-Notification.exe". If installed, Win32/Kryptik has the
ability to reinstall its files after deletion; which makes it
extremely difficult to remove manually. Once the attachment has
been installed, it spreads over a computer network extremely
The advice being given out at this point is to
scan all FedEx emails with one of the latest, up to date, antivirus
told us that:- "Win32.Kryptik-XE.Trj is a very malicious item that
is designed to allow remote access to your computer to
largely occupy precious system resource to trace your Internet
habits and to record/steal your personal information."
This Trojan can infect computers in various ways. It can be
downloaded via corrupted porn and shareware and/or freeware
websites, installed through spam email attachments, media downloads
and social networks, or executed by other threats on
system. In this case the file is being sent on the fake email.
Typical signs of Win32/Kryptik are that your computer
slowdowns with far bluer screen messages, and odd system crashes...
altered browser home page and search page settings,
as well as unwanted mass pop ups even with an active pop up blocker;
unclassified processes running in task manager and
hindered Internet bandwidth, ie. slow browsing performance. Plus
look out for potentially malicious files re-install
after manual removal has taken place.
The virus affects Windows
NT/2000/XP/Vista/Win 7 at this point and is mainly aimed
at local and network platform computers. But if you have other
operating systems, be warned, as other variations have
been found that affect Mac and other operating systems. But for now
this email virus attack seems to be aimed at Windows Systems.
If you’re on a windows operating system, it tends to
hide and run processes and create multiple malicious files in the
system32 folder and also prevents security applications
from being quarantined, or removing its files, or updating its
If any of your computers have had the
email, and you think it might have been installed, we recommend you
isolate the suspected infected computer and check
your entire network for the virus, including the possibly infected
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A message from
Neighbourhood Inspector Keith Kellett
"I am the Neighbourhood Inspector for the
Southport Area which covers Kew Ward and specifically, Lonsdale Road
and Birch Street. I fully understand and appreciate the concerns of
local residents at this time when there has been a serious incident
in the area and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the
local residents for their patience and co- operation, and to assure
you all that Merseyside Police are doing everything that is possible
to ensure the safety of the people of Southport.
We continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety of Southport
residents and there is a continuing reduction in crime within the
area. You will have noticed an increased Police presence
conducting High Visibility Patrols, along with officers in a more
covert role, dedicated to dealing with crime in the area. Whilst
tragic events such as those which have occurred recently will
undoubtedly unnerve people, Southport remains a safe place to live
and work and we will ensure this continues.
► I would like to assure you all that we
put every effort into ensuring the ongoing safety of the residents
of Southport. If you are aware of any crime issues or concerns,
please do not hesitate to contact the Police in any of the following
► To report any non-emergency , simply
dial the new national non-emergency number:- 101.
► To report information anonymously you
can dial Crimestoppers on:- 0800 542 993.
► Or you may wish to come and see local
officers at one of the monthly Police Surgeries or 'HaveYour Say'
meetings in your area. These will be advertised in local shops and
businesses and also on the neighbourhood web page.
► In an Emergency, always dial:- 999."
Keith Kellett, Southport North East Neighbourhood Inspector.
Liverpool’s Cultural Champions
AFTER receiving 90 nominations, Liverpool’s
2012 Cultural Champions can now be announced, they are:- John
Wishart of Fairfield, Andre Olchowski of Croxteth Country Park,
Andrea McGuire-Seery of Stoneycroft and Ray Fosberg of Allerton.
Nominations came from all parts of Liverpool and from all
backgrounds, highlighting the mass of enthusiasm and passion there
is for Liverpool. The panel spent hours deliberating the final
group, but decided upon a great team of new champions who will now
take the scheme forward for 2012. Liverpool is an inspiring place,
which is bursting at the seams with world-class galleries, museums,
performance venues and heritage sites. The Cultural Champions scheme
celebrates and promotes Liverpool’s cultural life by supporting the
champions to get involved and experience more of what the city has
to offer, whilst creating their own commentary on the city’s arts
and culture through their own blog, on local radio and newspapers.
In 2010, Liverpool City Council launched the Cultural Champions
scheme as a legacy to the city’s tenure as 2008 European Capital of
Cultural. Following the success of the initial scheme, the Cultural
Champions programme will be delivered by Liverpool based social
enterprise Open Culture on behalf of Culture Liverpool. The
2012 scheme will build on the strengths of 2010’s programme,
informed by the experiences of the outgoing champions who will
become mentors for the new champions.
John Wishart one of the new Cultural Champions said:- "I can’t
wait to get started in my new role as one of Liverpool’s Cultural
Champions, there is so much in Liverpool to discover, enjoy and tell
everybody about. I’m really looking forward to all the new
Charlotte Corrie, Open Culture Director said:- "The panel had
a tough job choosing the final 2012 Cultural Champions from the huge
response we had; every nominee could have been a champion in their
own and unique way. But after much discussion the panel have chosen
a great group to experience and comment on an exciting year of
Councillor Wendy Simon, Liverpool’s cabinet member for culture and
tourism said:- "We’ve been so impressed by the mass of
nominations received for this scheme, its great to see so much love
and passion for our great city. We are very much looking forward to
the new champions starting."