Nato warns of strike against cyber attackers

Chris Adams cmadams at
Wed Jun 9 13:05:21 UTC 2010

Once upon a time, JC Dill <jcdill.lists at> said:
> I'm still truly amazed that no one has sic'd a lawyer on Microsoft for 
> creating an "attractive nuisance" - an operating system that is too 
> easily hacked and used to attack innocent victims, and where others have 
> to pay to clean up after Microsoft's mess.

Many of the problems are PEBKAC, as evidenced by the massive responses
to phishing scams.  I can't tell you the number of our users that have
sent their password to Nigeria to be used to log in to our webmail and

Users open attachements, follow links, and click "OK" with alarming
ease.  As long as that is the case (and I don't see that changing),
blaming one vendor is not going to help.

Something like the NSA's SELinux helps (because you can have all browser
plugins run in sandboxes, have saved attachments non-executable, etc.),
but users will still follow the instructions to override it.
Chris Adams <cmadams at>
Systems and Network Administrator - HiWAAY Internet Services
I don't speak for anybody but myself - that's enough trouble.

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