[Dshield] Users don't pay attention

Brance Amussen brance at jhu.edu
Fri Aug 19 02:21:53 GMT 2005

All I have in consolation is two words... 

Job Security...

As painful as it is to imagine... ;)

Brance :)_S

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Thu 8/18/2005 8:30 PM
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Subject: [Dshield] Users don't pay attention
I think fighting these exploits is impossible. As soon as I read about 
this latest Plug and Play exploit I emailed ten small companies and end 
users that I knew were running Windows 2000 and told them where to get 
the patch and how to configure their routers and Zone Alarm firewalls. 
This was a week ago and so far only one person has done anything. They 
are starting to call me one by one asking for help now that they have 
been had.

What are we going to do? Most Windows users don't want to know anything 
about computers. They won't even turn on the automatic updates or 
install patches when they are warned by someone they should trust. I ask 
them why? And they say "I don't know how". I say look I told you in the 
email and it is all spelled out on the Microsoft web page. I really 
think it is a loosing battle!

Barton L. Phillips
Applied Technology Resources, Inc.
Tel: (818)652-9850
Web: http://www.applitec.com

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