Sunday, September 09, 2007
Sorry About That!
I got hit with some sort of sneaky trojanish thing. About the only symptoms I could find were that Symantec had been subverted, Messenger had been started, and my firewall was getting slammed with intrusion attempts. It looked like a Bagel-variant type attack. They have gotten good. The first download subverts and reconfigures your system, and then deletes itself. Sometimes the first is a downloader which reports to another website, causing a chain of these things. So you have a devil of a time finding out what the deal is. I pulled out all the stops just to make absolutely sure every system was clean. A totally wasted weekend.
After XP, I'm just going to Linux for any computer that accesses the internet. Windows is not and never will be secure IMO. I have to deal with this stuff, because one of things I do is Info Sec. for banks, but man, oh man!
Blogging will resume tomorrow.
Microsoft has by definition made all Win variants insecure. They cannot enforce their piracy policies without making it impossible to prevent unwanted data exchanges.
I've been working on a test-and-certify deal involving now five different companies, and there is nothing I can certify. In general, my life is not going well.
You should be able to try a live boot of Ubuntu and see how you like it first.
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