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  1. Over the last couple of weeks, a friend of mine has brought me no less than three USB memory sticks, infected with a virus from the office where she works. On a Windows machine, the USBs appeared to contain a folder (same name and icon as the actual drive) containing the files from the drive, and there were some 'permission errors' when trying to open files. Over on Linux, it became clear that the 'folder' was actually a shortcut (*.lnk file), linked to an unnamed hidden folder, where all the drives files were present. Also, a couple of dodgy files (hidden from Windows) had been added, one called 'UserVolumeGuide', and the other a DOS executable with bunch on & signs in the name, with the extension .2. Attempting to read either with a text editor (I tried NANO, EMACS and Geany, on ArchLinux and Slackware) resulted in either an "Encoding not found" error, or a boatload of incomprehensible machine language. The office IT crowd has since circulated an email stating that a virus was present on 'one' of the shared computers, and that the origin was traced to a 2 GB USB stick. I removed the dodgy files and shortcut from the sticks, and moved the files back to where they should be, and everything seems to be fine, but I am curious if anyone has come across anything similar before, or is a ware of the scope of the threat.
  2. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/06/27/curosity_rover_brings_human_bugs_to_mars/ An I thought we were in danger from aliens from mars
  3. http://www.computeractive.co.uk/ca/news/2232012/happy-birthday-brain-the-worlds-first-pc-virus All together now, Happy birthday to you Happy birthday to you Happy birthday dear Brain Happy birthday to you Here is a thought. How many folks do you think Brain and his successors have created jobs for ?
  4. For years and years now I've been hearing and reading conflicting information regarding viruses and malware threats to the GNU/Linux operating system. I often run across hardcore MS Windows proponents who say that there are threats out there. I see Linux fans saying there are NOT threats of any kind. I see BIG BIZ AV companies that are trying to scare GNU/Linux users into buying their products by exaggerating the threats that are out there. What is the truth? Here are a couple of not-so-definitive articles, but based in fact, I believe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Viruses http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/10/06/linux_vs_windows_viruses/ Does anyone know of any truly definitive source for information regarding this topic? Thanks, ~Eric
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