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(@dronebot-workshop)
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Hi folks

Hi everyone - It's come to my attention that there has been someone masquerading as myself, responding to some comments on my YouTube videos with a link to a Telegram chat to win a prize from me. THIS IS A SCAM, I am not holding a contest, nor do I have a Telegram account. PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THESE MESSAGES!!

It's happening on a lot of my videos, I'm taking steps to remove them manually, but as I have 162 videos, it will take some time. If you do run across a suspicious comment, I would appreciate you letting me know about it, so I can deal with it.

I'm also pinning this comment to all my videos, and will be sending out a newsletter tomorrow regarding this.

Thanks!

 😎

Bill (The real one!)

"Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window." — Steve Wozniak


   
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(@zander)
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@dronebot-workshop) I saw one of those the other day. I wasn't sure what it was so I just ignored it. It showed up in my YT notifications for the LORA vid.

How do we know you are The real one?

First computer 1959. Retired from my own computer company 2004.
Hardware - Expert in 1401, and 360, fairly knowledge in PC plus numerous MPU's and MCU's
Major Languages - Machine language, 360 Macro Assembler, Intel Assembler, PL/I and PL1, Pascal, Basic, C plus numerous job control and scripting languages.
My personal scorecard is now 1 PC hardware fix (circa 1982), 1 open source fix (at age 82), and 2 zero day bugs in a major OS.


   
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(@dronebot-workshop)
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YouTube has deleted the scammers account, but of course he/she could just create a new one and do this again. 

The damage has been done, however, because of those emails. Anyone who commented on any of the affected videos received that email from YouTube. And if they follow the instructions, they will eventually be asked for a lot of personal information, more than enough to ruin them.

I'll be putting out a video and, as I said, a newsletter today warning about this scam.

😎

Bill

"Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window." — Steve Wozniak


   
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(@dronebot-workshop)
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This video explains it:

"Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window." — Steve Wozniak


   
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Ron
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(@zander)
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@dronebot-workshop Ok, If I do happen to win the oscilloscope, can I do a substitution as I just got one.

First computer 1959. Retired from my own computer company 2004.
Hardware - Expert in 1401, and 360, fairly knowledge in PC plus numerous MPU's and MCU's
Major Languages - Machine language, 360 Macro Assembler, Intel Assembler, PL/I and PL1, Pascal, Basic, C plus numerous job control and scripting languages.
My personal scorecard is now 1 PC hardware fix (circa 1982), 1 open source fix (at age 82), and 2 zero day bugs in a major OS.


   
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(@yurkshirelad)
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These telegram spammers have been on YouTube for ages, so hopefully most people already recognise theem as fake.


   
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@yurkshirelad That's funny, it's the first time I have noticed them and I am a former security guy. But if it's mainly a YT comments thing then I understand as I seldom read those.

First computer 1959. Retired from my own computer company 2004.
Hardware - Expert in 1401, and 360, fairly knowledge in PC plus numerous MPU's and MCU's
Major Languages - Machine language, 360 Macro Assembler, Intel Assembler, PL/I and PL1, Pascal, Basic, C plus numerous job control and scripting languages.
My personal scorecard is now 1 PC hardware fix (circa 1982), 1 open source fix (at age 82), and 2 zero day bugs in a major OS.


   
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Posted by: @zander

@yurkshirelad That's funny, it's the first time I have noticed them and I am a former security guy. But if it's mainly a YT comments thing then I understand as I seldom read those.

It's a very common YouTube thing.

 


   
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(@zander)
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@yurkshirelad Then that explains it since I have no reason to read any comments on someone else's YT vid and I post less than 1 per year.

First computer 1959. Retired from my own computer company 2004.
Hardware - Expert in 1401, and 360, fairly knowledge in PC plus numerous MPU's and MCU's
Major Languages - Machine language, 360 Macro Assembler, Intel Assembler, PL/I and PL1, Pascal, Basic, C plus numerous job control and scripting languages.
My personal scorecard is now 1 PC hardware fix (circa 1982), 1 open source fix (at age 82), and 2 zero day bugs in a major OS.


   
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