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Wikipedia Used To Spread Virus 116

eldavojohn writes "The German Wikipedia has recently been used to launch a virus attack. Hackers posted a link to an all alleged fix for a new version of the blaster worm. Instead, it was a link to download malicious software. They then sent e-mails advising people to update their computers and directed them to the Wikipedia article. Since Wikipedia has been gaining more trust & credibility, I can see how this would work in some cases. The page has, of course, been fixed but this is nevertheless a valuable lesson for Wikipedia users."
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Wikipedia Used To Spread Virus

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  • come on (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Janek Kozicki ( 722688 ) on Sunday November 05, 2006 @03:43PM (#16727481) Journal
    People with reasonable sense of life will not trust complete strangers. Any information from complete stranger (on the street, or from the wikipedia, what's the difference?) is just that - a information to consider. Ignore it, or verify if it's true before making some real use of it.

    OTOH dumb people will always get what they deserve. They will screw their life by trusting complete strangers and also they will screw their PCs, again - what's the difference?

    How come, dumb people can expect to be being protected from complete strangers. And by whom? By other stragers? That article is plain FUD.
  • Re:Still? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by archen ( 447353 ) on Sunday November 05, 2006 @04:48PM (#16728007)
    I'm taking it that you don't admin a firewall, or don't watch the logging? It's still floating around, and I think to myself every couple days "I can't believe it's still around". At this point it's like the background radiation from the big bang, but it's still there. Don't forget there's a lot of places (ala south america) that have machines which are poorly administered, the administrators couldn't tell you if they had blaster or not assuming they even know what it is and will probably have the virus until the physical machine death.

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