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1-11-2010 @ 12:35PM
@Joshua Ochs "Go ahead - show me an example of "drive by" hacking. These aren't the pre-XPSP2 days, where worms and network attacks were prevalent. It's all social engineering, and getting people to click things they shouldn't. Which boils down to stupid end users."Quite possibly the most pointless and uninformed post about PC security I've seen yet. You really think XP SP2, Vista and Win 7 are immune to flash hacks and browser vulnerabilities? Get a clue. Most keyloggers didn't come in from worms or network attacks either, they were and still are mostly spread through browser exploits. You also can't forget that family PCs are shared, so even with Win 7's enhanced security all it takes is a young sibling or uninformed parent to click "OK" and you've lost your account.I got hacked during the process of installing Windows XP on my computer (FYI- all those XP CDs didn't magically get updated to SP2). While waiting for drivers, updates and everything else to download and install I figured I'd go to my usual, trusted addon sites and get the latest copies of the few addons I needed. I can tell you the sites- curse, wowwiki, worldofwar.net. None of these are hacker sites, and I don't ever click on banners. But one of them must been targeted with a flash exploit, so before I could get the PC patched up I was infected. My account was taken that weekend. It was absolutely my fault, and I knew the risk at the time, but most PC users wouldn't even think about the security risk. Are they stupid? Certainly not, but they're not security engineers either. It's unfortunate that people like yourself think they need to be in order to use a PC. Instead of treating people like idiots, why not just hand them a $5 authenticator and solve the problem for them?
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