The Caffeinated Penguin

musings of a crackpot hacker

Can't say I didn't warn you

Posted By on June 26, 2004

So, someone has finally put 2 + 2 together, using vulnerabilities in MS's IIS to infect IIS servers, which then infect people who visit them through unpatched vulnerabilities in MS IE. The result? Identity theft, password snarfing, the whole deal.

Solutions: 1.) Buy a Mac. 2.) Install Linux (or BSD or whatever) on a computer you have already, or buy one with Linux (or BSD or whatever) on it. 3.) At least install a different browser and use it instead. FireFox is my preference for web browsing, and Thunderbird is my preference for email. It's MUCH safer than IE/OE.

In other news, the Senate has passed a bill allowing criminal prosecution of people who record movies within theaters. Now, I don't have a problem with this being a criminal offense. What I do have a problem with is that the penalties are 3-5 years for a first time, and 10 for the second. Isn't this a little bit out of the mold of “punishment fits the crime”? Don't you get in less trouble for various drug offenses? What about carrying a weapon without permit / illegal posession of a firearm? I would call those far worse on the “damage to society” scale than simply affecting some megacorp's bottom line, wouldn't you?


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