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cthisbear

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PostPosted: Fri 21 May 2010, 04:07    Post_subject:  IBM distributes virus USB  

" IBM distributes virus-laden USB keys at security conference

IBM has been left with egg on its face after it distributed virus-laden USB keys to attendees at Australia's biggest computer security conference.

Delegates of the AusCERT conference, held over the past week
at the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, "

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/ibm-distributes-virusladen-usb-keys-at-security-conference-20100521-w1gv.html

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Pizzasgood


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PostPosted: Tue 08 Jun 2010, 19:05    Post_subject:  

Well, if it's a security conference, none of the people who obtained those usb drives should have been dumb enough to blindly plug them into a Windows computer with autorun enabled.

Personally, I would be expecting something like that to happen as a joke to keep everybody on their toes. As my buddy Mad-Eye Moody always said, "CONSTANT VIGILANCE!"

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PostPosted: Tue 08 Jun 2010, 19:26    Post_subject:  

Pizzasgood wrote:
Well, if it's a security conference, none of the people who obtained those usb drives should have been dumb enough to blindly plug them into a Windows computer with autorun enabled.


well, they were australians, after all . . .

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8-bit


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PostPosted: Tue 08 Jun 2010, 22:53    Post_subject:  

Now let us be nice. After all, Barry K. is an ausey also!
And after running various versions of Puppy linux for 10 years+ I have never had a PC infection I can attribute to Puppy.
That includes plugging in a USB picture card that had a built in virus!
My virus checker in windows caught it.
Puppy did not allow it the base it needed to execute.
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PostPosted: Wed 09 Jun 2010, 03:54    Post_subject:  

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And after running various versions of Puppy Linux for 10 years+


You have been using Puppy for longer than its existence. Shocked
You must be an ozmonaut? Do you know Dr Who? Wink

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8-bit


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PostPosted: Wed 09 Jun 2010, 08:53    Post_subject:  

Well it seemed like 10 years. I started with Puppy 2.14.
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2byte

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PostPosted: Wed 09 Jun 2010, 13:03    Post_subject:  

Hey don't be hard on 8-bit. I know someone from Oregon and they say that if you have a short time to live then move to Oregon because every day is a freaking eternity there. Laughing
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benali72

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PostPosted: Wed 09 Jun 2010, 13:28    Post_subject: Autorun STILL the WIndows default  

What's amazing is that after all these years Autorun is STILL the WIndows default for USBs, CDs, DVDs, etc. MS picks ease-of-use over security every time..... still.
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cthisbear

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PostPosted: Wed 09 Jun 2010, 18:21    Post_subject:  

" well, they were australians, after all . . . "

As soon as I can pass my I.Q. test I'm going to sue Bugman.

Chris.
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RetroTechGuy


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PostPosted: Wed 09 Jun 2010, 18:51    Post_subject:  

8-bit wrote:
Well it seemed like 10 years. I started with Puppy 2.14.


Well, if you're really running 8-bit... Wink

I recently found an old relic -- a Puppy 0.9.9 CD that I had burned...
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RetroTechGuy


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PostPosted: Wed 09 Jun 2010, 18:53    Post_subject: Re: Autorun STILL the WIndows default  

benali72 wrote:
What's amazing is that after all these years Autorun is STILL the WIndows default for USBs, CDs, DVDs, etc. MS picks ease-of-use over security every time..... still.


What is even more amazing is how hard it is to turn it off for everything (Windows has a tendency to forget that you had turned it off, also).
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