Re: Now Microsoft is a Security Threat to the US
Whichever OS is most popular will be a target for hackers. That's just a fact of life. I see part of the problem being that in the ever popular quest for 'user friendliness' we have created a few monsters.
1) People who don't have a clue about computers now have the ability to operate one. Being uneducated as to how they work, they will click anything you put in front of them, including viruses. Handing this capability to the unwashed masses has created this. Which leads into #2
2) This so called 'User Friendly' approach has added a dangerous layer on top of the inner workings. This layer obscures the view of what's really going on in your computer. How many people know how many processes are actually running on their computer? Or even how to find out? I am sure most of us on Fireblades can, but how about Grandma whose skewed perspective of the world is through AOL? This is dangerous in many ways. Sure some will argue that you can drive a car without knowing the internal workings, but this is a different beast. GMC can't control your truck remotely, or have it run to the store for them by installing a package..
The problem is, you have people who shouldn't even be allowed to turn on a computer attaching them to the internet and allowing them to become overrun with viruses or other malicious code, and don't have a clue. Even if they did find out, they rely on other programmers/experts to tell them what to do.
My email blocking program has highlighted something. I have it written to where, when certain conditions (like sending an email to my ex wife's email) are met, it will cut off the sender at that instant. I watched one email try to come through. It would connect from one server, meet the conditions, and get disconnected. A few seconds later, the attempt would be made again, although from another server. This continued on for over 80 attempts. The real problem here is, these weren't real servers the connections were coming from, these were machines like dialup18.104.22.168.pacbell.net, which is not an email server, but someone who is just dialed into the net and doesn't even realize that their machine is being used to pass spam. Whoever it was bounced from machine to machine. I saw ip's resolving to places like earthlink, netzero, aol, pacbell, sbc, and many others. To compound the problem, the actual spammer is now impossible to track because that hijacked machine will have no logs of it's connections, leaving the perpetrator untrackable. *
Houston, we have a problem..