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Old 05-24-2011, 03:24 PM   #1
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We have had a couple of threads relating to malware recently. Those who code that kind of software are presumably very clever (and could possibly earn good money doing something legal), but in addition to lacking in morals some of them are also short of imagination.

I mean - you could name it something less obvious!
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LOL!!! '-}}

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Old 05-25-2011, 10:08 AM   #3
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Last night I spent a happy couple of hours removing a rogue antispyware trojan from a client's PC.

"But how did I get it?" he asked. "It's not as if I visit pornographic websites or anything."
"You probably visited a compromised web site which had a malicious script ready to pounce," said I, careful not to mention the scores of cookies I found from obvious porno sites.

I never get this kind of stuff from lady clients: they tend to get viruses from clicking on an email link, or from visiting an innocuous site which has a malicious advert being served to it from an agency.

   
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Here in the states, whether something is porn or not is up to local standards.

Perhaps he had a highly localized set of standards.

   
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I had a user today who typed in Wikepedia.org and got to a site that announced she "was the 1,000,000 customer and would win a big prize." A definite con that wouldn't let us leave without closing the browser. If I hadn't been there, I'm sure she would have been infected.

(I got wikipedia.org ... note the correct spelling ... into her favorites toolbar.)
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That's pretty scary...it's an easy enough mistake in typing...

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Yes, and the fake site's ISP needs to be informed so they can shut down the buggers (mind you, I suppose they'd just switch to another ISP.)

I advise my clients to use OpenDNS instead of the DNS servers supplied by their ISP: OpenDNS should catch mis-spellings like the one in this discussion.

   
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