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Comment Re:Sad... (Score 2, Interesting) 89

As for the browser vulnerability, nope, sorry, read TFA. It's the exact same thing as the email "virus" -- it just has Youtube links to an exe file.
Are you sure about that? I just downloaded one of the said pages that the emails link too, and looking at the source its got a massive javascript script, with what looked like to me as some exploit code. If this is the case and it is indeed an exploit allowing auto execution, then really I can't call someone stupid for falling for it, just ignorant.

With regards to the forced computer training, much like driving training people must get to drive a car, I agree, I think it would be a great idea. However, honestly I don't think its ever going to happen, so I cba to discuss it as a solution.

And I really have to say, I hate the belittling of PC ignorant people. Sure its frustrating, but generally its not because of stupidity but lack of knowledge, and an anxiety around computers.
I can relate slightly, my first day working on a till a few years back I got scammed by a couple who confused the hell out of me swapping cash & change around. They made off with roughly $10. I felt stupid at the time, but I wasn't. They had deliberately set out to swindle me, and I wasn't prepared. Most people are aware they shouldn't open .exe or weird attachments, but most people I know who aren't tech savy are constantly forwarding around links to funny videos/pictures. Very few consider following links to be a big no no.

Eh, this has turned into a rant, but all I'm saying is, people who get infected with malware, are not always idiots, just ignorant.

Submission + - Pirates crack Vista fully

Slinky Sausage writes: "There have been "sort of" cracks for Vista floating around since the code went gold — but now, a piracy group called Pantheon has fully broken the copy protection. Amazingly, they are using functionality Microsoft itself built into the activation system for OEMs to preinstall Windows onto PCs. From which broke the news: "This crack doesn't simply get around product activation with beta activation files or timestop cracks — it actually makes use of the activation process. It seems that Microsoft has allowed large OEMs like ASUS to ship their products with a pre-installed version of Vista that doesn't require product activation — apparently because end users would find it too inconvenient.""

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