11.11.09

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How Microsoft is Profiteering from Conficker

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FUD, Microsoft, Security, Windows at 4:56 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Conficker is still proving profitable to Microsoft; FUD against rivals of Internet Explorer arrives from Microsoft Certified Partner, Cenzic

BACK in July, one journalist pointed out that Microsoft was making big profits by pretending to solve problems that it itself was to blame for. That main problem was Conficker, which took advantage of some very major hole in Windows. Microsoft resorted to its typical PR stunts to shift the blame to someone else (see the links appended at the bottom).

According to this new article from IDG in Canada, Microsoft makes money in British Columbia by offering a so-called ‘solution’ to problems for which it is to blame.

How B.C. hospitals deal with Conficker

[...]

Its security measures include Microsoft Corp.’s Forefront Client Security, plus a firewall from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. of Redwood, City, Calif.

Well done, Microsoft. Conficker has made the company quite a bundle, hasn’t it?

As a side note, the other day we explained how Microsoft lies about security of Red Hat and Firefox, some of its biggest Free software opponents. As we know from experience, Microsoft prefers to ‘outsource’ the messengers of FUD because it makes this more credible and Microsoft less susceptible to backlash.

As some readers may have noticed, an obscure firm called Cenzic throws FUD at Firefox at the moment — that’s the one that we addressed the other day without referring specifically to any of the claims (why give it visibility when it is a lie?). As one of our readers points out, Cenzic was “recognized as a Microsoft Certified Partner,” based on its very own Web site. Follow the interests, follow the money.

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