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Submission + - Peering through the malicious iframe (

An anonymous reader writes: Boffins at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Birmingham, UK have published a report describing their infiltration and take over of the Mebroot drive by download campaign. For over 4 months, they had access to the malicious web sites used to exploit unsuspecting visitors and they observed the victims, the infected web sites and the behavior of the criminals running the campaign. Some interesting data points: 25%-42% of the visitors used vulnerable browsers; the majority of the infected web sites remained infected for 25 days and 20% remained infected the whole time. The result: the campaign managed to exploit over 91K visitors per week.

Comment Oblig. Adams (Score 4, Funny) 226

The major problem is quite simply one of grammar, and the main work to consult in this matter is Dr Dan Streetmentioner's Time Traveller's Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations. It will tell you for instance how to describe something that was about to happen to you in the past before you avoided it by time-jumping forward two days in order to avoid it. ... Most readers get as far as the Future Semi-Conditionally Modified Subinverted Plagal Past Subjunctive Intentional before giving up: and in fact in later editions of the book all the pages beyond this point have been left blank to save on printing costs.

Comment Re:...And one generation behind on HTML5 (Score 2, Funny) 341

where the predominant position is that web developers aren't 'real' developers and that web development is 'easy'

Dude, don't flame me for this, but the only people I ever hear say this are web developers. This is how this usually goes:

Me: So what are you working on?

Them: Doing a project for work. ASP is a PITA.

Me: Ah, cool. How long have you been doing web development?


This has happened more than once. Look, I've worked with everything from assembly language to BASIC to C to C++. Lately I've been working in C#. They're all just tools, and what tool you're currently working with has no bearing on your worth or intelligence. Many C++ coders I've met can't code for shit, and many web developers I've met are freakin' geniuses.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 457

Down here in the states he would've sped, and then pled guilty.

I always thought "pled" was correct for American English, but recently I've noticed "pleaded" is used quite a bit on the local news. Finally looked it up, and apparently either is acceptable. Pled sounds better to my ear, though. (IANAL)

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang