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Sat Apr 17 01:17:48 EDT 2004
On Fri, Apr 16, 2004 at 10:13:11PM -0400, Mike Parkhurst wrote:
> Most of the spyware people are talking about is installed inadvertently
> by the [Windoze] user. It comes from malicious web sites [M$ Internet
> explorer], malicious e-mail [Outlook & Outlook Express] and the
> backdoors from virii [Windoze, again] that don't always get fully
> cleaned. I'm finding tons of it on the PCs at work.
Those are the sheep. I feel sorry for them. I try to help them.
> It is possible that something slipped into Debian at the distribution
> level, but someone would have found it by now, using Ethereal, firewall
> logs, etc.
It's possible. And I might be the guy that gets the malware.
When I log in to my bank, I want a high level of confidence that I am
using software that is acting in my best interest.
Once I find that software it makes sense to have it on a live-cd and
boot into that software when I access my bank. It's extra work but
I get an increased sense of security by doing this.
Moving forward in pushing back the envelope of the corporate paradigm.
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