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Re: [News] MSBBC 'Forgets' to Say Malware is a Windows Problem, Wants to Build Zombies Army

On 2009-05-21, Erik Funkenbusch <erik@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> claimed:
> On Thu, 21 May 2009 12:53:58 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Hash: SHA1
>> Coping with the malware deluge
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| The struggle between computer security firms and hi-tech criminals has often 
>>| been likened to an arms race. 
>>| Any improvement in the way computers spot malicious software is matched by a 
>>| change in tactics by the criminals that undermines that better protection.  
>> `----
>> http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8056486.stm
> It's no longer just a Microsoft problem.  Mac's are starting to become
> infected with Malware and acting as Spam Zombies, and there is now Linux
> malware floating around that does the same thing.

Nobody ever claimed it couldn't be done on Mac or linux. Whether or not
it /can/ be done on those, though, it's *still* a MICRO$~1 problem.

A Mac or linux user has to take an action they shouldn't have taken for
this to happen: install cracked software, get programs from untrusted
sources, work constantly logged in as root or administrator, etc. While
it's possible for bogus software to get into repositories (there, I
beat you to it) the chances for that are slim.

Take the Windwoes user. What do they need to do to get pwn3d? Browse
web sites, look at email, use pirated software, log in as administrator
fulltime, use IM programs, view pictures and other things.

There's the difference. The Mac and linux users have to do things out
of the ordinary (I know piracy is "ordinary" to Windopes, but not so
much to anyone else), while Windozers just need to use the machine as
it was supposedly intended.

Until it's nearly as easy to infect Mac and linux machines as it is to
take down Windummie OSen, the ball remains in the monopoly's court.

> Yes, the fact that 99% of it is Windows means it's still primarily a
> Windows problem, but this isn't JUST a windows problem.

It's *primarily* a Windows problem?? It's almost _exclusively_ a
Windows problem. A rare incident here or there doesn't change that.

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