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Comment: Re:How vulnerable Windows XP really is? (Score 1) 344

by KingGuru (#16370503) Attached to: The BBC's Honeypot PC
"And where exactly are all these attacks coming from. Where are these worms and viruses hosted. What's different is all the attacks are coming for other compromised Windows boxen. Of course it's totally different, you're not being attacked by Linux boxes."

You have a point, I would be stupid not to agree the it's probably mostly infected Windows machines. I just don't think that's what the summary is saying. When the text of the link to the article says "how vulnerable Windows XP really is", i read it as that, not as "how many infected Windows XP boxes are out there."

The point of the article, IMO at least, is to remind people how quickly an unpatched Windows machine gets infected and therefore how important it is to keep your OS updated. That they used an updated "secured" Windows installation to host the virtual machine sort of shows this, I would say. I just think simply saying "Windows XP is unsecure" is not really what this article is trying to say and that the summary was a bit too simple in that sense.

And just to make it clear, I'm posting this from my Ubuntu laptop. I've been running Linux exclusively for around 5 years (non-exclusively for around 8), so I'm far from an MS fanboy. I just think with all the reasons there are for critisising MS and Windows, there's no reason to make this just another "Windows is insecure" story.

"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann