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Re: rr style scanning of non-customers
From: Sean Donelan <sean () donelan com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 00:54:33 -0400 (EDT)
On Fri, 13 Jun 2003 jlewis () lewis org wrote:
The last time this topic came up, it was suggested by others that either
trojan or virus software was installing/creating open proxies. I wrote
that off as people being overly paranoid. I'm sorry to say that I now
know this to be true and have seen many installations of at least one
strain of such proxy software.
According to a study by America Online, 89% of the computers with
broadband connections are not safely configured. 91% of the computers had
what AOL categorized as spyware installed. In reality, the connection
method isn't the determining factor.
Although firewalls and anti-virus helps, it doesn't prevent a determined
user from infecting his own system. Honeypots and passive detection
systems aren't picking up the whole story. The user is an important
part of evaluating the security equation.