akonstam at sbcglobal.net
Fri Aug 24 15:31:16 UTC 2007
On Fri, 2007-08-24 at 11:19 -0400, Jacques B. wrote:
> > > > WELL YOU LIKE TO LIVE DANGEROUSLY. NEVER CLICK ON A VIRUS WEB PAGE. WEB
> > > > BROWSERS CAN COLLECT THE ADDRESSES OF PEOPLE WHO GO TO THE WEB SITE,
> > > > SO YOU ARE ALREADY COMPROMISED.
> > >
> > > Please turn off your capslock key. It makes you look foolish.
> > >
> > > Web browsers do not collect anything. Web _servers_ might.
> > >
> > You are right it is web servers that collect addresses. However I kept
> > the caps lock key on purpose since opening a phish web site is a silly
> > thing to do and I wanted to emphasize that. To subtle I guess.
> > Aaron Konstam
> It depends on why you are opening it, and what precautionary measures
> you are taking when doing so (i.e. using Linux instead of Windows, via
> a virtual machine, using a Live CD, from a public access point, etc).
> The OP's posting doesn't say he opened it in Linux, but that appears
> to be the case reading between the lines. So he is not at risk of any
> IE/Windows exploits. That being the case, why would he be compromised
> for having visited the site? In this scenario at most the web server
> will have the IP of the person who visited, and the browser they used
> (and some other non-compromising information).
> I agree that caps lock is not necessary other than perhaps to
> emphasize a word, but not an entire posting.
> We are straying off topic seeing none of this relates to Linux. But
> seeing the issue is out there now, as was pointed out this is a
> phishing scam not a virus. These scams are a dime a dozen (I've seen
> many of them). Prudent advice is to delete without opening the
> message or visiting the site. Or participate in fighting the problem
> through phishtank.org and such sites, and reporting it to the
> organisation being represented so that they can take action. Visiting
> one of these sites does not necessarily automatically compromise you
> (especially when running Linux and a non-IE browser).
> Jacques B.
We just disagree. Opening up the web site gives the sender the
information that it has found a live user who can be conned in some way.
This conning has nothing to do with using Windows.
It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be
coming up it. -- Henry Allen
Aaron Konstam telephone: (210) 656-0355 e-mail: akonstam at sbcglobal.net
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