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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Internet Explorer Helps Thieves

You have admire Mircosoft, the whole time their web browser called Internet Explorer has been out. It has been been making things easy for Hackers & thieves to invade PC (windows) users files and personal data.

I keep telling my wife to use other web browsers besides IE, Like Firefox. IE seems like it just collects, thieves & hackers. According to a report by BBC news "Thousands of computer users have been caught out by a huge ID theft ring.

Security firm Sunbelt Software said it stumbled across a US-based server storing megabytes of data stolen from compromised computers while researching spyware infections. The server held passwords for online accounts from 50 banks, Ebay and Paypal logins, hundreds of credit card numbers and reams of personal data."

"The bug that has stolen all the data is thought to be a variant of a family of trojans known as Dumaru or Nibu that exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser. The vulnerability it exploits means that all a user has to do to fall victim is to visit the wrong site. 'Type in a web link and your machine is infected,'You do not have to click on anything, the website forces the installation.' Many victims may have no idea that they have been infected,"

So far, the trojan had been found on porn sites and websites offering cracks for pirated software. But, the trojan was likely to be on many other websites as it had managed to infect so many users. Security firm Sunbelt Software ( a US-based security company) has alerted the FBI to the online scam and it is reportedly investigating the matter.

The Dumaru worm affects Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP while the Nibu trojan affects Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP........ Hmmmm, no Macs on that list. hahaha. You got to love it. There are others who want to Stop IE

O.K., I was reading this article and I got pissed. Here this guy (Brad Duea from Napster) starts to talk crap. he's shoveling so much of it, I felt I had to clean my Mac.

He says Apple boss Steve Jobs has "tricked people into buying a hardware trap" as iTunes songs can only be taken away and played on an iPod.

As opposed to Napster can only run on Windows (iTunes works with Mac and windows) and any windows based mp3 player. So far none of them easy to use as the iPod or as appealing to the eye.

He goes on to say "Apple's approach means the market remains essentially cut down the middle - between the iTunes service, which works only on the iPod, and services which use a Windows Media format, essentially everyone else."

Most people who use the windows media format because they own a PC say they like Apple format better, just like a lot of PC users like Apple's Quicktime player over windows media player.

Then he goes on to to try and backup the reasoning behind his service:
"Napster's subscription model has been criticize by some because users do not "own" the music. It remains as part of their collection - either on a PC or on a portable player - for only as long as they continue to subscribe.

"A lot of time people think of ownership as this ultimate thing with music. "Has owning cassettes in the past really benefited people?

1) This is a picture of a audio mobster.

2)Now the mobster has just come up with a new way for users to steal music.

3)Now you subscribe, burn as many CD's as you can and "share" them with your friends.

4)When you don't subscribe anymore, you lose that collection.

5) There are things about Cassettes and albums (records) that no CD can duplicate. The crackle of the needle on the record, make that media worth keeping. If some a-hole kicked my door down and took my albums back,( equivalent to what Napster does if you do not continue subscribing) I would be pissed.

His quote "The dream is that Napster would work on any PC, any player in any territory and work seamlessly," is a dream of a crook that either

1) that will loan you CD's then take them all back if you don't subscribe. Pretty much having you pay for something you will never own, or

2) Having a legal (so far) way of burning loads of CD's and still have users being able to rob artists with all the music swapping.

Do me a favor Brad Duea, shut your pie-hole, the napster way is a bad way and is proving it's worth everyday with less and less people using it. It's just intresting that most mp3 player makers are one way or another trying to copy Apple's iPod.


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