Ah yes. The benefit of a monoculture.
Guessing games as to source. Have they not heard of the double bluff?
Security watchers have discovered a malware-based cyber-espionage campaign targeting diplomats, governments and scientific research institutions worldwide. Operation Red October has targeted Eastern Europe, former Soviet republics, and countries in Central Asia for the past five years, according to Kaspersky Lab. The attack …
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> Whoever put together the "Eadon" script needs to tweak it so that it dosen't automatically presume that any story about a compromise is an MS story.
"malware including a Trojan dropper. Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel vulnerabilities were exploited to infect targeted systems"
The writer did actually manage to *not* mention Windows in relation to malware , in the whole of the article. Where it did give a mention to Windows , it was lumped in with those well-known virus vectors .. Android and iPhones. There type of reports are only of interest as to how they manage to not not lay the blame squarely at the door of the blame-worthy. That such security breeches can still occur in 2013 beggars disbelief.
those well-known virus vectors .. Android and iPhones
I'm intrigued - could you point me to the iPhone virus vectors? I must have missed that while on holidays and it's good to know the facts. I have tried Google but all I get are problems with jailbroken phones, which I do not consider a worry (you take that route, you have to deal with the consequences).
Eadon, you really need to lay off the double espressos for a while.
Relax. Chill. Have beer. Heck, have a whole crate. Not every mention of the word "Microsoft" deserves an immediate "BAD! BAD! EVIL!! KILL IT! STUPID IF YOU USE IT!" sort of reaction - I'm positive you could construct a more coherent set of arguments supported with facts if you didn't feel compelled to follow a sort of (if contains "Microsoft" then screech loudly) algorithm (hold your horses, coders, I haven't written code in 25 years so it's crap - just stay with the principle).
Yes, I prefer other platforms too over Windows, but I am not going to jump into every... single... story... with... essentially the same style comments (maybe delete your templates?). Present some facts. Show a study where in an instance that relates to the story (important) Linux came out better. That would be good - everyone likes facts they can use, and I'm sure you would be able to find them (I am generously assuming you're not a mouth-frothing fanatic here).
Otherwise you're doing nothing more than damaging that OS you apparently love so much, which would be a shame.
I have windows at home---but I don't consider it as anything but a toy operating system---I use it for toys such as certain a epson scanner and steam games collection. I never use it for anything serious.
I would never trust it in security terms either. Frightening though, that politicians are using MS windows, apparently without proper protection.
Dumkov and Dumkovski seem to be a variation on the same name thus might be a made-up one. Ustyugov would (Устюгов, there is a town Великий Устюг) -- again sounds artificial. Igor Shaven is the most unusual but plausible.
However, all these people if real, might be unaware of this "Red October".
It doesn't say they were spying on NATO, it says NATO was one of the customers of the Acid Cryptofiler product, a product that the malware could penetrate.
I have zero doubt that the USA spies on the EU and EU nations. I have zero doubt that major EU nations spy on the USA and on each other.
The artifacts of Russian in the code, those could have been inserted intentionally.
And the infecting country could well have infected some of its own machines, knowing that there would be no harm in doing so.
You would probably have to look at what commands were sent, what data was sent back, from multiple infected machines from multiple countries, to try to figure out which country was behind this.
So this is where all those snoopy privacy destroying logs that ISPs are supposed to keep on us all are supposed to come in.
So, do they have logs from the past few years that they can go back and look at? Or do our rulers exempt themselves from surveillance?
Nah 5 years running without detection they are definitely 1 up, I am sure they expected it to be discovered well before now.
NATO couldn't find its bottom without a ton of bureaucratic red tape, seriously doubt they could pull off something this clever, unless of course the yanks or Israelis gave them access to the guys who came up with Stuxnet and the other clones.
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