Oct 23 2008
The cartoon above, from china.com.cn, shows a big hand in the sky with the Microsoft Windows logo holding a sword reading, “Attacking pirated software.” The thief running away at the bottom reads, “Sellers of pirated software.” Of course the guy in the chair is the “innocent” user. Right.
The article that accompanies the cartoon, suggests that Chinese users might be just as much a victim of software pirates as Microsoft. Cough. Since Microsoft is using patch updates to cause the “black screen of death,” it might be better to visit third party sites for patches. However, warning, hackers are using these types of sites to pass along malware.
No one has asked my opinion on this subject but I’m going to share it with you anyway. Why? Because I’m in a really bad mood, it’s 4:20 am and I want to vent:
A guy comes to sell you a stolen lawn mower that you know belongs to your neighbor.
How do you know it belongs to your neighbor? It has his name etched right into the damn thing.
How do you know it was stolen? Because you were looking to buy a stolen lawn mower; you weren’t willing to pay full price.
Problem, this is a special lawn mower and will only run properly with fuel from your neighbor (Microsoft updates). So, when needed, you decide to steal the fuel yourself.
Your neighbor discovers that you are using his stolen lawn mower and have the unmitigated gall to also steal his fuel. He starts leaving out tainted fuel for you to steal but this screws up “your” lawn mower. Boy are you pissed.
Yes, it is a horrible analogy. It’s early…very early.
UPDATE: At least one Chinese user agrees with me, sort of. His only concession however is to stop stealing the fuel.
Question: How long will it take for Chinese hackers, in a fit of moral outrage, to attack every website associated with Microsoft? 5…4…3…2…
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