|FROM ||Michael L Richardson
|SUBJECT ||Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] virus security is finally getting notice
|I hate to be the one to ruin your day, but one day you will wake up and
realize that this is not a bad dream.(We who keep hoping it is).
Ruben Safir wrote:
>> carla schroder agrees!
> Oh that is just too good. It's incredable. This is possibly a full
> throttle attack on the West's military because of CRAP software.
> People are going to die.
> I Give Up. Windows Is Proof That People Are Too Stupid To Use Computers.
> By Carla Schroder on February 12, 2009 10:18 PM | Permalink | Comments
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> And too stupid or dishonest to report Microsoft Windows as the defective
> disaster that it is. If it were any other type of product it would have
> banned from every country in the world long ago. The BBC reports the
> latest Windows Conficker worm outbreak in typical "oh no big deal"
> fashion, does not identify this as a Windows worm until several
> paragraphs into the article, quotes industry security vendors as though
> they were actually worth listening to and not useless weasels, and then
> blames end users:
> "The worm is spreading through low security networks, memory sticks,
> and PCs without current security updates...
> ""Microsoft did a good job of updating people's home computers, but
> the virus continues to infect business who have ignored the patch
> ""Of course, the real problem is that people haven't patched their
> software," he added.
> Please excuse me while I go kick something. Of COURSE it's the users'
> fault. They're still using this most expensive piece of defective
> crapware in the entire solar system. But its incurable defects are not
> their fault. (We need to give up the notion that such computer users can
> be rescued by Linux-- we don't WANT them using Linux. "It is impossible
> to make anything foolproof, because fools are ingenious".)
> It's WINDOWS Malware, NOT Computer Malware
> The US and British military are getting clobbered by WINDOWS malware.
> Not computer malware- WINDOWS malware. Dear journalists, do please take
> note of this. It is a fact. It is a fact that matters. I know you hate
> facts and research, so here it is on a platter. You're welcome. Even
> Wired, which should know better, delivered this piece of prime suckage:
> "The Defense Department's geeks are spooked by a rapidly spreading
> worm crawling across their networks. So they've suspended the use of
> so-called thumb drives, CDs, flash media cards, and all other removable
> data storage devices from their nets, to try to keep the worm from
> multiplying any further"
> Not once does this article say "Windows" or "Microsoft". We had great
> fun with the Royal Navy putting Windows on submarines mere weeks ago.
> But it's not funny anymore:
> "The Ministry of Defence confirmed today that it has suffered virus
> infections which have shut down "a small number" of MoD systems, most
> notably including admin networks aboard Royal Navy warships."
> Of course they downplay it, oh no worries, nothing important, run along
> now. After all, the nuclear warheads are current with SP4, or something
> equally idiotic. And once again nobody utters the forbidden word
> Fighter Planes Grounded By Unimportant, Meaningless Infestation
> This one is a real knee-slapper:
> "French fighter planes were unable to take off after military
> computers were infected by a computer virus...The aircraft were unable
> to download their flight plans after databases were infected by a
> Microsoft virus they had already been warned about several months
> And once again the problem is minimized: "It affected exchanges of
> information but no information was lost. It was a security problem we
> had already simulated." At the least the reporter was bold enough to say
> "Microsoft" and "Windows." But sadly, once again, the end users were
> Microsoft Saddles Up the Posse!
> I saved the best story for last. I am NOT making this up! Microsoft
> itself, the richest software company ever, famous for having a cash
> hoard of tens of billions of dollars, famous for spending billions of
> dollars developing Windows and yet still can't code its way out of a
> soggy tissue, is offering a reward:
> Microsoft Rounds Up Posse to Nab Conficker
> "In a worldwide effort to bring down what experts warn may be the
> worst malware now facing the Internet, big names from the computer
> industry, academia and law enforcement are teaming up to go after the
> Conficker worm....Microsoft is coordinating an effort to cut the worm
> off at its head -- offering a $250,000 reward for information resulting
> in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for launching
> Conficker on the Internet."
> You must read this article because it is straight out of Bizarro World
> News. It goes on to describe this ace worldwide confederacy of pros
> leaping into action to fight this worm: security vendors, Homeland
> Security, ICANN, Verisign, and universities. Here's the punchline:
> "Conficker uses Windows' AutoRun feature -- the one that
> automatically opens and plays CD-Roms or movie DVDs when these are
> loaded into a computer.
> AutoRun "makes the user experience very nice, but disabling AutoRun
> is a pain in the neck," Nazario said."
> A pain in the neck? Did I read that correctly? A PAIN IN THE NECK??
> Wow. I can't decide if I want to yell cuss words, or sit down and weep.
> I guess that makes Conficker "a bit of a bother." I guess if they
> actually do track down and punish the author of Conficker, the
> eleventeen-hundred thousand other Windows worms, Windows Trojan Horses,
> Windows viruses, and other Windows malware will all vanish.
> Nobody Blames Microsoft
> How much of a rocket scientist does it take to figure out "Hey, if I
> don't use this piece of crap operating system anymore, I won't have
> these problems! Hey, it might even be worth suing the vendor for siccing
> this incredible piece of dung on the world, costing tens of billions of
> dollars of damage, and endangering public safety!"
> But no. After watching this exact same scenario play itself out hundreds
> of times in the past 13 years, it is impossible to avoid these
> * The press are morons
> * The military are morons
> * The software security industry is one giant grub-like parasite
> * with a vested interest in being ineffective
> * Microsoft's customers are morons
> * Most everyone is corrupt, and for dirt-cheap
> The one ray of hope is that maybe, just maybe, the thousands of Windows
> worms will go to war with each other and kill every Windows machine on
> earth. Though that would be a short-lived cure, because even after a
> Windows holocaust the first thing the survivors are going to do is get
> up, dust themselves off, and see if rebooting will bring their systems
> back up.
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