Monday, January 03, 2011

Going Viral


Nothing like starting the new year off with lousy news -- to say nothing of excuses as to why content around here has slowed to a near-drip -- but my laptop is currently suffering from one hell of a virus. We're talking the Ebola of computer viruses; the damn thing is all but unusable. I'm going to have to work from a separate computer that I don't always have access to while mine is being fixed, so the basic gist is that over the next 48 hours or so things are really gonna suck as far as DXM is concerned. I promised that the situation would improve a little at the beginning of the year -- and yes, I'm still dealing with work, side projects, a killer daily commute and of course the wonderfulness that is Inara -- but it looks like it'll be a couple of days before I can start making good on that.

For the record, I can't tell you how much I want to get back to writing a hell of a lot more than I've been.

12 comments:

L. said...

The makers of viruses/trojans/etc. should be burned at the stake.

I've had to clean up several computers from viruses at different times and afterward you almost always end up needing to reinstall the OS because the computer gets all glitchy.

Look kiddies, I program and write software all day at work. I don't want to come home and have to fuck with my computer because you had the spare time and decided to utilize some goddamn flash exploit.

brite said...

"For the record, I can't tell you how much I want to get back to writing a hell of a lot more than I've been."
Yeah, me too Chez!

Anon said...

Twas Janurary Third, and all through the house,
Not a driver was whirring, nor even the mouse.
Chez went to log onto the Internet
When a startling obstacle he quickly met.
Somehow in the time when young Chez was chillin'
His computer failed him and sat there all illin'
Was it porn? Was it games? Was it some sort of bug?
He weeped for a moment and went for the plug.
When what to his wandering eyes should appear,
But a program which promised such problems to clear.
A free anti-virus! Is what it proclaimed,
Needing only a PIN, Account Number and Name.
Our hero surrendered his info with glee,
Thinking how in a short time the Trojan woudl flee.
But alas, not a week hence, his compy had died.
And a new "Chez" sipped martinis poolside.

The moral here children, is easy to see --
Keep your porn in hard copies, 'cause titties aren't free!

---
Lovingly adapted from Failbook:
http://failbook.failblog.org/2010/12/30/funny-facebook-fails-thats-the-spirit/

CNNfan said...

Chez,

Seems the TV commercial may actually be telling the truth. There may only be a single operating system out there that actually gets computer viruses.

All the game consoles that have operating systems to surf the web, don't get viruses. Older computers, souped up on open source Linux get no computer viruses... And Linux is 100% FREE!

If all the other operating systems don't get computer viruses, why is that? Are computer viruses, just a hidden cost, or perhaps the biggest scam in computer history?

idiosynchronic said...

Look kiddies, I program and write software all day at work. I don't want to come home and have to fuck with my computer because you had the spare time and decided to utilize some goddamn flash exploit.

Wrong. Most viral exploits now are written by paid programmers with little ethics or morals, for crime cartels or other shady employers.

So, in other words, Chez got pwnd by the mob. :-)

J. Dack said...

Must be a doozy of a virus since I thought you used a Macbook.

G'luck either way sir.

L. said...

That's true, idiosynchronic.

I know that there's a frightening amount of proper organization and funding behind them these days (especially the trojans and keyloggers), but I'll never shake the image of some spotty teenager writing out code in his room whilst waiting for his anime porn to download. I'm a geek originalist.

Benoît from Ottawa said...

Dear CNNfan, no, I think it's simply that MS-based PCs form what, 90% of Web-connected personal computers (figure pulled out of my derrière), so only those have been seen as worthwhile to infect.

I've read that it's only a question of time before iMacs, what with their increasing popularity (they hardly ever bluescreen and "they don't get" viruses), start getting targeted by hackers -- make no mistake, these are criminal organisations that set up bot-nets for rent to other criminal orgs.

CNNfan said...

Dear Benoît from Ottawa,

Good point! It must be a very profitable, with fees paid to the closed source operating system makers to certify anti-virus applications.

Under the hood (of certain PCs) is open source operating system UNIX. There are no UNIX computer viruses. When that happens, it will make the news.

Let me ask a question, how does a computer virus hide in the open, in an open source operating system?

Kevin Davis said...

How ironic would it be if Chez's computer was infected with a botnet program that helped people run DDoS attacks.... by WikiLeaks supporters.

:)

Anonymous said...

Do you have a mac or PC?

Benoît from Ottawa said...

Dear CNNfan, re "Let me ask a question, how does a computer virus hide in the open, in an open source operating system?", no idea.

I'm not technical, just ideas-minded.

(I also read someone who sounded like he knew, say that old Macs had their own kernel, making them uniquely diffucult to attack, but that the new ones have a much more common basic structure, i.e. similar to or same as PCs; that thus they've become just as hackable as PCs, it's now just that no-one has bothered, yet.)