2006-06-17

Big Brother Microsoft

Let me pose a hypothetical scenario: let's say someone put spyware on the web, but with some modifications which made it virtually impossible to suspect: let's say it pretended to be from your software maker, Microsoft. In fact, it has the word "Genuine" in the title. And let's say that it sets itself up so that it cannot be uninstalled, and so that it must be running in order for you to download important security updates. Sound scary? It sure does to me.
Actually, this software does exist. It's called Windows Genuine Advantage. Well, you might be saying, what a smart idea those spyware-makers had, pretending to be Microsoft. There's one catch: it isn't pretending to be Microsoft. It is Microsoft. Our good friend Bill Gates has information on any Windows user who has updated in the past month.
It's things like this that make me glad I switched to Linux: I can live without the iTunes Music Store knowing that my web history (which websites I visited and when) is not being read by the company which makes my OS and which I should supposedly trust.

10 comments:

Louise Simba said...

Big Brothers is our future in America. As we depend more and more on our computers, things will get more and more dangerous for us. *a cough that sounds remarkably like "Bush"* Want to post a link to the program for us? I'd like to hear an oppinion other than yours. (No offence)...btw, you should post a responce to the nytimes article on wikipedia. Personally, I think the people complaining are all a bunch of lunatics...I can think of plenty of things that are wrong with wikipedia, but that isn't one of them.

Anschel said...

I understand this is a biased site, but the facts are right, as are the links to other sites.

Louise Simba said...

I'm not saying it shouldn't be biased (actually it's the people who think that they aren't biased that are the dangerous ones) but I'd like to see how they put it.

Anschel said...

Sorry. http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS6544431885.html

Louise Simba said...

What info is he collecting anyhow?

Anschel said...

Not exactly clear to anyone, but definitely enough to qualify it as spyware by Symantec standards.

Anonymous said...

Do we know for sure that the Open Source Movement is not being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation?

Anschel said...

The Open Source movement isn't really being funded by anyone. The majority of its programmers are volunteers. BTW, what does this have to do with Microsoft producing spyware?

Anonymous said...

If in doubt, believe the conspiracy theory.

qamm said...

LOL- SHAKESPERE DID NOT RIGHT THOSE PLAYS