John Edwards eric.the.grey at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 20:29:28 GMT 2007

Conspiracy is not necessary these days.  This crap has been going on as long
as I can remember.  As long as there is a popular OS, the script kiddies
will find ways of making people who don't know better, compromise or destroy
their systems.

I recall getting an email from someone off of a Usenet posting I did about a
spyware infestation way back in Win98 days that insisted that if I told
Win98 to delete the "C:\windows" directory, the system would protect itself
and not allow any required files to be deleted, but it would remove any
files that shouldn't be there, thus eliminating the spyware.  Of course, I
knew better, but how many people did this ass take in with that line?

The only problem I see with these postings, is that the bad guys will turn
to PM's next.  Just yesterday, I received a PM on another forum, linking me
to a "really cool hack for MMO's.  It was suppose to allow you to hack the
stats of your MMO characters, but it seemed to be just a capcha (sp?) hack
so the writer could create new forum logins... (someone on the board had
opened it up in a XP Virtual machine to see).

If the script works, it would be a great deal of help in this matter.  PM's
aren't seen by anybody but the reader as a general rule.

John Edwards

On Nov 28, 2007 8:12 AM, Michael TheZorch Haney <thezorch at gmail.com> wrote:

> phillip tribble wrote:
> > "I'd like to take a moment of your time to discuss a recent disturbing
> > trend the staff has been noticing on the forums, and also take this as
> > an opportunity to raise awareness of this situation through
> > education." - tfa
> >
> > http://ubuntuforums.org/announcement.php?a=54
> You know its pretty sad that these people have to try to sabotage
> people's computers because they use Ubuntu instead of Windows or some
> other OS.  I'm no hysterical conspiracy theorist, but this is something
> I could easily see Steve Balmer doing.  Considering the kind of
> unethical, school yard crap I've seen him pull before I wouldn't be
> surprised at all if he was behind this.
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