[Dshield] Bizarre Activity Spurt...

Robert Nelson nelsrob at mts.net
Sat Oct 15 17:29:30 GMT 2005

The key word you used there is "competent." Her brother probably doesn't
even know you can use a master to ghost machines. I highly doubt he knows
much of anything about security, either. The only extra "security" item he
installed was a pop-up blocker from one of those suspect places... I don't
think he knows how to get it right once.

Perhaps we need a certification program for those who build, install and
sell computers, so id10ts can't be allowed to get into the business. You
don't pass the test, you can't get a business licence and sell PCs. That
would require state/provincial legislation, and getting a standard in place
for that would be tricky to say the least.


The sad part is that fixing the computer (by installing service packs,
disabling services, enabling the firewall, etc.) is trivial compared to
fixing the defects in a car.  Any competent shop should have a master image
that they use to ghost new machines, so all it takes is getting it right

But I suspect I'm preaching to the choir here...


Robert Nelson wrote:

> It's too bad that enough people fall for this scam to keep these folks 
> in business.
> My Ex got a computer from her brother... He decided to start his own 
> business building them. Well, he installed XP Pro, but didn't bother 
> to run Windows Update. So no firewall, no patches... My Ex is not a 
> computer expert, and me efforts to enlighten her don't seem to sink 
> in. [Must be why she's my Ex! ;)] And when I went to visit, I noticed 
> some of this crud pop up on her computer. Thus I had my work cut out 
> for me...
> Also too bad anyone can sell computers... But I think we had that 
> discussion before somewhere, didn't we?

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