Linked by David Adams on Fri 26th Mar 2010 15:47 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption For the first time security researchers have spotted a type of malicious software that overwrites update functions for other applications, which could pose additional long-term risks for users. The malware, which infects Windows computers, masks itself as an updater for Adobe Systems' products and other software such as Java, wrote Nguyen Cong Cuong, an analyst with Bach Khoa Internetwork Security (BKIS), a Vietnamese security company, on its blog.
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RE: I knew it!
by OSNevvs on Fri 26th Mar 2010 19:26 UTC in reply to "I knew it!"
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there's one thing Microsoft did get right: User Account Control.

It's not that good actually. I know some computer-illiterate co-workers and friends who actually always click ok, not knowing why they're asked to click. They find the UAC annoying and as soon as they see the prompt, they click nervously, just to get rid of the nag ASAP.

it was the one for unsigned apps (the one with yellow background and the Allow button) instead of the one for signed apps (the one with green background and Continue button.)

Even I wasn't aware of this color detail. I guess most illiterate folks out there in companies, where they only use the computer once in a while, don't know about this stuff.

If you don't keep your security tools and if you click on Allow or Continue without reading carefully those pesky UAC dialogs, then you are definitely the one to blame, not Windows, when your PC gets screwed by malware.

I agree. Many people, actually most computer-illiterate people keep their antivirus out-of-date with the "Warning" message in the system tray. Same for browser updates, Adobe Flash updates and Windows updates left aside or even canceled. Just because people don't want to bother and/or because they don't want to be annoyed. They also think there's nothing dangerous about it, they don't know about botnets, computer zombies, spambots, etc...

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