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GhostNet - How to see if there is a spy in your computer & how to lock the online doors

April 7, 2009

Nyen-Gyud Samten Choe-Ling
April 4, 2009

If you Google "Tibet" or H.H. Dalai Lama,  many
websites like Tibet.com and Tibetan Government in
Exile come with a Google warning, “This site may harm your computer.”

The Chinese cyber-espionage network, GhostNet, is
still actively controlling users’ PC’s to spy on
both "high value targets" of governments around
the world, including the U.S. Congress, as well
as individuals. Websites are created that when
opened, infect your computer with a program that
not only allows someone access to your files and
activities in real time, but can also turn on
your web cam and mic to see and hear what is happening in your room.

Here are instructions for PC users to see if your
computer is infected and being watched, and what
to do to protect your computer: (or ask a friendly geek)

1. Start with a software check, to see if there is a spy program.

START MENU ->ALL PROGRAMS.  Check for programs
titled VNC, RealVNC, TightVNC, UltraVNC, LogMeIn, GoToMyPC, etc.

If there is a spy program installed, there will
always be an icon(picture) for it on your
toolbar, at the bottom of Windows, because to
work, the program has to run all the time. Check
all icons by moving your mouse over the picture,
to see what is running.  If there is a spy
program, remove it in CONTROL PANEL->Add/Remove Programs.

2. Check the Communication Ports.  This is an
entry point for another computer controlling
yours.  To check the ports go to START->CONTROL
PANEL->WINDOWS FIREWALL.  Click on the EXCEPTIONS
TAB to see the list of programs with check boxes
next to them.  The ones check “open” are
active.  See if there’s a program open that
you’re not familiar with or that matches VNC,
"remote control, etc.  Block the program by un-checking the box.

3. To see if someone is connected to your
computer, check to see if there are any processes
running under a different name than your user
name.  Go to WINDOWS TASK MANAGER by pressing
Cntr+Shift+Exc at the same time.  In the window
that opens, go to the PROCESSES Tab.  Look down
the USER NAME column.  You should see only your
name or your local LAN (Local Service Network)
name.  If anything else, it’s someone else.

Than put a top level anti-virus and security
firewall on your computer.  Here is one of the
top rated, free programs, ZoneAlarm.
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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