__/ [ William Poaster ] on Tuesday 25 April 2006 13:12 \__
> It was on Tue, 25 Apr 2006 08:38:35 +0100 when BearItAll posted this:
>> DFS wrote:
>>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>> I am a sufferer of DDOS attacks, which are carried out by Windows
>>>> botnets. Yet, I could never come up with a case against Microsoft or
>>>> the ISP's. I asked in the legal newsgroups and it's thumbs down.
>>> The whole world suffers greatly from the viruses sent and propagated by
>>> open source mail programs.
>>>>> Look around you at your own family and friends, after a quick play
>>>>> with the internet, they drift away from it.
>>> Of course they don't.
>> You've met my family and friends have you? Seems that you haven't.
>>>> What you neglected to list among your point is the fact that 80% of the
>>>> world's spam is despatched from hijacked Windows computers.
Much like your misaligned system clock. Is it the superiority of Windows O/S
that enabled you to reply to my message before I had written it? Are you
> Funny isn't it. DooFu$ claims 95% of computers in the world run Windows,
> yet denies that 80% of spam comes from hijacked windoze machines
This was published in a recent article. To get the link, I will need to hunt.
The person who needs convincing, however, is not worth it. His 'style'
involves insults and I hear that he is a racist too.
> Which would (according to his figures) only leave 5% of computers running
> other OSs to dish out 80% of spam.
> He disagrees with the security experts then: Experts agree that you can
> reduce your risk by installing a personal firewall and antivirus software,
> and keeping your Windows Updates up to date.
> "Windows machines are popular with bot herders"
> Zombie PCs growing quickly online.
> More at:
> Clean system to zombie in 4 minutes:
> More than a thousand Windows PCs were hijacked recently.....
> ......305,922 attempts to break into six computers connected to the
> Internet via broadband DSL. (our Dell desktop PCs running different
> configurations of the Window XP operating system, an Apple Macintosh and a
> Microtel Linspire, which uses the Linux operating system.)
> Attackers successfully compromised the Dell Windows XP computer using
> Service Pack 1 nine times, and the Dell Windows 2003 Small Business server
> once. No other machines were breached.
> NO mention of linux/BSD/Apple etc machines....or maybe *they* are all
> lying too!
Herein lies a mystery. Have a look at these articles and make an attempt to
spot where/if blame is attributed to Windows. I can recall the BBC making a
kind reminder, but most other assume that computer = Windows = potential
zombie. I wonder if legal issues and scare factor is sometimes involves in
the disguise of crucial facts as such.
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