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article imageOp-Ed: 2371 Trojan Generics in one hit! Call this Internet security? Special

By Paul Wallis     Nov 22, 2012 in Internet
Sydney - I did an article a while back in which I accused “internet security” of being utterly useless. I now have some proof. I got 2371 Trojan generics in one hit, 27 in the next, 37 the next time, 51 after that, and 16 the fourth time.
Trojans, for those living in trees, are dangerous. 2471 of them aren’t likely to be fun. Fortunately my security software got them. A bit of research indicates that these Trojans are quite common and quite destructive. They can survive ordinary security scans, unless you follow the steps below:
1. Clear everything out of your browser, including browser history. (IE is the browser usually referred to for this operation.)
2. Reopen the computer in safe mode with networking and carry out another scan.
This does clear them out.
Now the pleasantries, thoroughly deserved, for the internet security industry:
The questions-
How many more generations will have to put up with this crap?
Why are viruses able to function in any operating system?
Why is the world being put at risk of loss and damage?
Any method of altering code can be prevented. Why isn’t it?
Access can be denied to anything on any system. Why isn’t it?
Are the internet security office boys just sitting around getting paid for doing nothing?
If not, why does it look very like they are?
Here’s a thought for you pathetic clown droppings- You are directly responsible for the state of internet security. Trillions of dollars fly around every second. How would you like to be “vicariously liable” for that money? It could happen. A bank could do terrible things to your egos. If anybody actually paid to do a job did work like you guys, they'd be out of a job fast.
Problem? There's a problem? Not according to the internet security bureaucrats
I recently received one of the most pompous posts I think I’ve ever seen from an internet security person, somebody called Schwartzman regarding an article about Ransomware, another fun way of having your money attacked and your security threatened. Everything’s fine, apparently, and my remarks about the uselessness of the internet security charity industry were taken to task. This guy actually said things were fine after reading an article about how much trouble Ransomware was causing. Very situationally aware, obviously.
Apparently efficiency isn’t part of the criteria for measuring the success of internet security. Billions of spam emails, God alone knows how many viruses, Trojans, worms (got one of those a few days ago, too) don’t constitute a problem.
Evidently it’s like the American system of politics- Watch things fall to bits and then say what a great job you’re doing for a few decades. Or is it the get paid to never fix a problem routine?
The fact is that consumers have no protection against lousy internet policies.
If this is supposed to be managing the problem, what would not managing the problem be like? Is it necessary to tolerate any level of failure simply because it claims to be doing something useful?
If you’re a consumer, your best shot is to sue anyone for anything related to infringement of your privacy, property loss or other damage experienced on the internet. Then maybe we’ll get something other than under-evolved chimps doing the policy on malware.
By the way, O Sacred Non-Performing Cattle of internet security- If I ever see any grounds at all for suing the bone marrow out of you lazy bastards and your filthy fecal descendants, I’ll do it. The world needs the case law.
I don’t work 14 hour days 7 days a week for the privilege of tolerating this crap. Nor should anyone else. It’s time for a real consumer revolution, and class actions are quite cheap.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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