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Re: [News] Could the Lastest Firefox FUD be Sponsored by Microsoft?

Roy Schestowitz came up with this when s/he headbutted the keyboard a moment
ago in comp.os.linux.advocacy:

> ToorCon ("Firefox security is a mess") sponsored by Microsoft
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | Lately, I read the headline: "Open Source browser Firefox is so
> | critically flawed that it is impossible to fix, according to two
> | hackers." Further on, in the ZDNet article I read: "The hackers claim
> | they know of about 30 unpatched Firefox flaws. They don't plan to
> | disclose them, instead holding onto the bugs."
> | 
> | Since that sounds suspicious, I decided to start searching for
> | connections with MS. Easy enough, here it is...
> `----
> http://lxer.com/module/newswire/view/70873/index.html

Some points to bolster suspicion here:

1. Real hackers are invisible. You don't know they're there.
2. Real hackers are secretive. You don't know what tools they're using.
3. Real hackers are silent. Even if they /do/ find a vulnerability in a
system, they won't even tell other hackers (see points 1 and 2), never mind
the press or the authorities. Because they want to carry on using those
4. Real hackers don't do it for money. They do it for kicks.
5. Real hackers /do/ /no/ /harm/. (when was the last time you heard of a
previously unknown vulnerability in a system being exploited to a point
where someone gets injured or killed?)
6. Real hackers want /information/. That is what they live for. They speak
one secondary language: binary. They can type faster than you can think.
Before you know it, they can freeze your bank accounts, expire your drivers
license, max your credit card, gather your entire financial history or
medical history and - anonymously - reveal it to the world. And you know
what? You'll never even know who it was. You'll put it down to a glitch in
the system. So will everybody else. And somewhere in a phone booth in
Deepest Phoenix, AZ, some fifteen year old kid is going to be laughing his
arse off at his latest, greatest and most righteous hack ever. Then he'll
go home and hack the library system from Mom's basement and reset the clock
and get the thing to issue a few thousand late reminders.
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