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Windows InfoWorld's Woody Leonhard takes a look at the past 20 years of innovative Windows malware -- an evolution that provides insights into the kinds of attacks to come. From macro viruses, to interstitial infections, to spray attacks, to industrial espionage, "there's been a clear succession, with the means, methods, and goals changing definitively over time," Leonhard writes, outlining the rise of Windows malware as a succession of ingenious breakthroughs to nefarious ends.
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RE[3]: Uh, yay?
by arsa on Tue 1st Mar 2011 10:13 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Uh, yay?"
arsa
Member since:
2009-10-26

The majority of people don't know anything, or give a damn, about computer security. That's only getting worse over time, as even more idiots who don't even know what a text file is are getting computers these days.


Although I did gave a positive vote on your comment, I must object to one bad thing in it.
More and more new people are being introduced to computers and it's natural they they don't know anything about it. But that doesn't justify calling them "idiots". If you'd became a freshly certified pilot of an Airbus A380, how would you feel if your senior colleagues would call you "idiot" during the flight?
As for those who are dumb or ignorant about their own security, I'd still rather call them "unaware" or "not knowing" instead of "idiots". Beware of easy attaching bad names to other people, especially those you are not familiar with.
Otherwise, I agree with your comment.

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RE[4]: Uh, yay?
by _txf_ on Tue 1st Mar 2011 12:24 in reply to "RE[3]: Uh, yay?"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

As for those who are dumb or ignorant about their own security, I'd still rather call them "unaware" or "not knowing" instead of "idiots". Beware of easy attaching bad names to other people, especially those you are not familiar with.
Otherwise, I agree with your comment.


There are far too many that don't listen, don't comprehend simple consequences or listen nod then don't do...

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RE[5]: Uh, yay?
by Doc Pain on Tue 1st Mar 2011 13:20 in reply to "RE[4]: Uh, yay?"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

As a fulltime no-user of "Windows" (never been, never will) I may not have the right to raise my voice about such a topic, but allow me to add a short comment:

There are far too many that don't listen, don't comprehend simple consequences or listen nod then don't do...


The keyword is "don't care". It is that simple. One might say this qualifies the subjects to be called idiots, but carelessness is worth than plain stupididy...

Also keep in mind that malware (as a general term describing a certain kind of software) is not just ye olde viruses. It's all kinds of software that spies on users, steals data, or makes careless users hand in their data to the attacker for free. It's also software that acts in the background and provides fertile ground for evildoers to grow whole "subnets" of infected PCs carrying out their orders.

You probably know that, if I remember correctly, more than 90% of toda's transferred e-mail messages is spam. Intected "Windows" PCs, owned by careless users - no matter if we consider typical Joe Q. Sixpack's home PC or the accounting office network of Verybig Corp. - are the reason for that. There are also more and more problems for normal Internet users to do normal everyday things because ISP's don't know other means to fight against attacks coming from compromized "subnets" than filtering (or closing) ports or denial of regular services. Lately tried to send a mail from your system's sendmail from behind an IP in a dynamic address range? :-)

PCs aren't easy. They've never been. They won't be, at least not in MICROS~1 land. And those who drive the innovation of malware are aware of this fact - unlike those who actually use "Windows"...

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RE[4]: Uh, yay?
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 1st Mar 2011 13:25 in reply to "RE[3]: Uh, yay?"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Although I did gave a positive vote on your comment, I must object to one bad thing in it.
More and more new people are being introduced to computers and it's natural they they don't know anything about it. But that doesn't justify calling them "idiots".

I should clarify what I meant. I was referring to those people who specifically don't know or care to know anything about computers and the way they work. You know... those people that want everything to "just work" and get pissed when it doesn't, and refuse to take advice and listen for tips on how to *not* have the problem again. People who have owned a PC for years, who if they had that level of experience with a car and the laws on the road, would be unable to get their license.

I have absolutely no problem with people who are willing to at least learn. Everyone has to start somewhere. My mom, for example, doesn't know a ton about computers, but she rarely needs help with her computer because she listens and learns. On the other hand, there are some people who repeatedly ask me to "fix" their machines for the same reasons every time, seemingly having learned absolutely nothing the previous time(s), and everything I said must have went in one ear and out the other.

It's these people who refuse to learn anything and always have the same problems that I am talking about... and they seem to exist is quite large numbers.

As for those who are dumb or ignorant about their own security, I'd still rather call them "unaware" or "not knowing" instead of "idiots". Beware of easy attaching bad names to other people, especially those you are not familiar with.
Otherwise, I agree with your comment.

Sorry, I refuse to dumb down my terminology in order to be politically correct and less offensive to those people. They would most likely not get offended anyway--hell, they probably don't even visit a tech/OS site like this one, let alone even know OSNews.com exists. ;) But really, those kinds of people drive me nuts and "idiots" was quite mild compared to what I could have said.

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