Oct 23 2008

Stolen lawn mowers and Chinese rage against Microsoft

Published by at 3:12 am under Chinese Malware,Nationalism,US attacks

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…

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Stolen lawn mowers and Chinese rage against Microsoft”

  1. CBRP1R8on 23 Oct 2008 at 7:19 am

    This is kind of interesting, i’ve been reading it here and on a few other sites and keeping up with it the last few days. The lawyer keeps going on about how this is similar to the company in china that released a logic bomb to all its users who had the software installed and it would only be caught by the non-pirated software and makes a comparison to that. I thought it was kinda interesting to see what the internal chinese poll said about it.

    “Microsoft’s plan has aroused huge controversy in China. According to a poll on Chinese portal QQ.com, out of 574,923 participants, 73.33 percent said they were using pirate versions of XP, 51.58 percent said they intend to continue using pirate versions, and 32.87 percent said they will ignore Microsoft’s “black screen” campaign. Only 15.55 percent said they intend to buy an authorized version. 77.23 percent said they oppose Microsoft’s action.”

    73% have pirated s/w….wow!

  2. Heikeon 23 Oct 2008 at 7:33 am


    One other thing comes to my mind, if 73% of users have pirated software that can be manipulated from updates, doesn’t that pose a huge security vulnerability?

  3. [...] turns out that your neighbour next door is not — like you expected — a small house with a green lawn, but instead,  a giant, [...]

  4. Heikeon 23 Oct 2008 at 3:42 pm

    “We [Microsoft] don’t have a monopoly. We have market share. There’s a difference.”

    -Steve Ballmer

  5. Eastwoodon 23 Oct 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Also from Steve:

    “Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches.”


  6. Heikeon 23 Oct 2008 at 6:33 pm

    “That young Henry and his motorized buggy cart, upstart whipper snapper!”

    - Buggy cart inventor dude

    Welcome to the free-market economy. :)