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MDA
29-04-2004, 15:33:00
I have a friend who got DSL and didn't know to install a firewall.

:bash: Four hours of fucking around trying to find a security site this little fucker didn't block, trying to cross reference the name of the virus from the online scanner I could access with NAV (over the phone with her dad, b/c symantec was blocked.)

Finally gave up, burned her thesis and wedding plan spreadsheets onto a CD and wiped and reinstalled XP, office, NAV, and her DSL software, AND free Zonealarm. Now she just needs to do all the XP fixes, and password protect her login before something else goes wrong.

I'm preaching to the choir, but I've never been caught by anything this nasty. :bash:

MDA
29-04-2004, 15:36:06
My point was there should be universal naming conventions for these viruses to enable us to know which is which. Too many variants of the same virus out there to know whether two companies are calling the same variant by two names or whether they're actually different variants.

Lurker
29-04-2004, 18:52:50
"Friend". Yeah, sure.

Darkstar
29-04-2004, 20:19:05
Exactly. He's not sleeping with her!

Darkstar
29-04-2004, 20:21:02
Companies like using their own names for viruses. They dont' want to use other company's names. They've proposed several different boards and forums and standard working groups to standardize, create, and issue common names, but they don't want to waste any of their money on it. They like their current system and don't want to change it. And they won't, as long as their customers will put up with 15 names for the same piece of naughty code.

MDA
29-04-2004, 21:22:25
Originally posted by Darkstar
Exactly. He's not sleeping with her!

No, but I was obligated to help since she and her boyfriend are letting me stay with them for a couple of days to close out my life in Columbus. More importantly, they're letting me drink their beer.

zmama
29-04-2004, 21:27:39
Ummmm... beer good

Darkstar
30-04-2004, 03:33:59
Ah. Beer. Yep. You have to put up with that sort of thing if you are drinking someone's beer.

Beta1
30-04-2004, 19:11:09
Ouch, went through the same thing myself a few weeks back.

Spent 3 hours disinfecting my PhD students laptop. She had bought a new one with XP home, all updated and firewalled etc. Then IT came along and installed the "approved Imperial college XP Pro" over the top.

Unfortunately that version is basically XP Pro straight out of the box, no updates (no service packs, critical updates etc.) no firewall, no virus checker. Windows messenger services still enabled. Every bloody security hole in the book. It did come with a virus checker but it was turned off by default. Only figured out waht was happening when I saw her getting popup adds through windows messenger. Took most of the day to remove the 3 worms on the system (one of which was responsible for crap thats been coming out of the printer for 2 days). Then had to download a hell of a lot from windows update and get the virus checker working.

Could be worse though - my professor got a trojan on his desktop and found it was being used as a server for hard core porn!

At least thats his story - I wouldnt believe it except he's so tech-illiterate he could crash a typewriter.

Darkstar
30-04-2004, 19:51:10
You don't think he's really into child zoo torture porn then? So, how did he get hacked? Downloaded something off a warez network?

MDA
01-05-2004, 10:16:11
I've now put permanent fear of "always connected" DSL into her heart. She's have died if she'd lost the wedding mailing list three months before the wedding.

Darkstar
01-05-2004, 14:34:42
You've taught her that "Always On" means "Always Protect"?

Beta1
01-05-2004, 15:21:48
Originally posted by Darkstar
You don't think he's really into child zoo torture porn then? So, how did he get hacked? Downloaded something off a warez network?

Knowing him someone sent him a file attached to a message saying "Just click on this and nothing bad will ever happen again (and this wont turn your computer into a porn server honest!)"

Darkstar
01-05-2004, 16:17:54
:lol:
Sounds like half of my customers in NASA.