The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2010-03-16T04:15:00Z PHISHING SCAM TARGETS EMPLOYMENT CONNECTIONS WITH USA 2010-03-16T04:15:00Z phishing-scam-targets-employment-connections-with-usa Sydney based Managed Service Provider, Virtual.Offis is warning American ex-pats living in Australia and locals who have spent time in North America to be on the alert for a new phishing scam that is seems to be specifically targeted at people with employment links to the USA. The scam presents itself as an email with the subject header “Tax Exempt for Non-Residents” and purports to come from the "United States Treasury Dept (IRS)” This latest incidences seems to be the most recent in a series of phishing attacks that have spoofed addresses and details from US federal treasuring and banking agencies. Recipients are instructed to fill in a ‘W-8BEN’ form, which comes attached to the email, in order to be classified as tax exempt from assets and investments with any financial institution in the USA. The form includes a section for capturing credit card details, and it is here the scammers aim to hit pay dirt. “As phishing scams go, this is pretty clumsy, the poor spelling and grammar is a dead giveaway” says Chy Chuiawiwat, CEO of Virtual. Offis. “What is of real concern is that - based on some of the recipients we are aware of - these operators may have obtained a database of Australian’s formerly employed in the USA and are targeting them personally and specifically." At this stage Virtual.Offis is unsure if the phishers have attempted to run the same rort on Americans residing and working in Australia but at this stage are advising people to be on the alert. Tech Media, Philosophers and Scientists go Cell-to-Chip on "The Singularity" 2009-07-01T14:00:00Z tech-media-philosophers-and-scientists-go-cell-to-chip-on-singularity Sydney, July 2, 2009 – Virtual.Offis - It has long been a subject of intense debate amongst some of the greatest minds of our time and on July 29th in Sydney, a gathering of philosophers, scientists and media personalities are coming together to explore the issues, opportunities, risks and possibilities involved in reaching a technology ‘singularity’. Professor Arthur Ramer, a world authority on fuzzy logic from the Computer Science Engineering unit at the University of New South Wales and Dr. Dominic Murphy, a neuroscience and bioethics expert from the University of Sydney join Cosmos editor Wilson de Silva, MIS columnist Simon Sharwood and Australian Life Science editor Tim Dean to cover this complex concept. The notion of a technology ‘singularity’ has many branches of thought in science, technology, philosophy, and even economics. In layman’s terms most technology ‘singularitarians’ would say they believe in a time when technology advances to such a degree that the very essence of humanity changes and perhaps the concept of what is ‘human’ or ‘conscious’ is redefined. Anti-singularitarians argue that not only is it improbable, it is also undesirable to develop artificial intelligences beyond ability to understand or to seek ways to merge with technology and become ‘trans-human’. There are a plethora of references to this form of singularity in popular culture – we only have to look at film franchises like The Matrix, Transformers or Terminator to see there is no end of fascination for the notion that human beings may one day develop artificial intelligences that far exceed our own. These concepts and many more will be explored as part of the next e-CLUB event, hosted by Virtual Offis at the CBD Hotel, Level 3/52 King Street in Sydney on July 29th. The event kicks off at 4pm. Journalists interested in attending, (witness the result of Tim Dean squaring off against Simon Sharwood!) can register by emailing eclub@offis.com.au or by contacting Samantha Marks at Sliced Marketing, 0423 526 115.