'Frightening' XP hack

VistaAs I was listening to Dvorak’s 5 minute rant this morning (Tech5 at PodShow) he mentioned this article. He stabbed the life out of it and he was right too. It’s an amusing read, certainly if you keep one word in the back of your mind: FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt — as quoted by Michael Horowitz); utter gibberish spread to lure people away from XP in order to sell more Vista copies. I’m not saying moving to Vista isn’t a good thing (I, for one haven’t seen too many bad things about it, not more than I’ve experienced with XP), but it’s obvious they’re pulling the whole thing out of context here, as an advertising stunt.

First of all, running an XP machine with SP1 deserves death penalty. Second: who the heck doesn’t run any form of security app on this kind of machine?! This is beyond me, really. Nonetheless, it’s worth a read, even if it’s just for the sake of a good laugh.

From ZDNET.com:

… Connected a machine running Windows XP with Service Pack 1 to an unsecured wireless network. The machine was running no antivirus, firewall, or anti-spyware software …

“You can download attack tools from the Internet, and even script kiddies can use this one,” said Mick.

And blah blah blah. Funny. Ignorant.


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