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Re: Another Windows "success story"

  • Subject: Re: Another Windows "success story"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2006 18:32:29 +0100
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__/ [ Ramon F Herrera ] on Monday 02 October 2006 18:20 \__

> http://www.columbiatribune.com/2006/Oct/20061001News012.asp

When I raised this in the context of Windows, BearItAll correctly pointed out
that this could happen regardless of which platform is used. It's a question
of backup and redundancy regimes. Still, I'd find bliss in the fact that
criminals and crooks love Windows.

Computer Virus Writers Plan Slow Spread

,----[ Quote ]
| In the past, virus writers seeking fame and attention wrote their
| malicious programs to spread as quickly and broadly as possible,
| boasting to colleagues when they manage to cripple hundreds of thousands
| of computers worldwide in a matter of hours.
| But now, many writers are driven by money instead. They write code to
| turn the computers of unsuspecting individuals into "botnets" --
| networks for spreading junk e-mail or stealing financial data from others.
| [...]
| Network worms such as 2004's "Sasser" exploited flaws in Microsoft
| Corp.'s Windows operating system, automatically scanning the Internet
| for computers with the vulnerability and sending copies of themselves
| there. But the rapid spread also triggered rapid-response alertsa
| mong security vendors and prompted network operators to prioritize
| applying fixes to the Windows flaws.
| High-profile threats, often more an annoyance than an effort to set
| up armies of rogue computers, are typically contained within a
| day or two.
| By contrast, botnet computers can stay active for months.


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