UK Drama: MSBBC Blames Google — Not Microsoft — for London Stock Exchange Site Malware, Sabotage Still Suspected
Summary: The London Stock Exchange is besieged not just by mysterious errors but also disinformation
THERE IS something funny going on at the London Stock Exchange, which was Microsoft’s principal poster child before the London Stock Exchange dumped Microsoft for GNU/Linux. The Microsoft UK-occupied BBC (or MSBBC for short) has odd new coverage; “yet more high school tech journalism from the BBC malware story without mentioning the M or W words,” wrote Gordon about it and “funnily enough for a Windows story, Google get a few name drops, while Windows does not; any Microsofties employed by #BBC? That explains it [...] amazing how Google are the bad guys for not being alert enough to spot malware, while Microsoft don’t get a mention for leaving the holes”
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols clarifies that “London Stock Exchange Woes not Linux’s Fault” and he adds that:
Google, which does a good job of finding and marking dodgy sites, marked the LSE site as having malware problems over the weekend. Users of Web browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, and Safari that use Google’s Safe Browsing API (Application Programming Interface) were warned off the LSE site. Users of Internet Explorer, which doesn’t use this API, could have still visited the site without any warning.
Since the problem was uncovered, the LSE has removed the advertiser and its infected links. Google now reports the site as being safe for browsing.
There is another reported issue, which we have read about in the papers for months. Groklaw suspects vandalism (maybe Micromoles), but there is no evidence of such a thing, at least not yet. In any event, more stock markets have recently moved to GNU/Linux, just like the London Stock Exchange. These markets offer super-lucrative contracts and reputation, so Microsoft cannot afford to lose this one. It was also a poster child that it spent a lot of money promoting as a Windows ‘success story’.
Whatever happens in the London Stock Exchange, this world is changing fairly fast and even Microsoft’s ‘wonder girl’ who became a Windows ‘expert’ at a very young age is now turning to Red Hat. From the new article: “And she’s all of 10 right now, all set to turn 11 this May! M Lavinashree is, however, rather matter of fact about her accomplishments. “I scored 178.1 out of 200 in my test at Red Hat. It was simple as I was preparing for it for the last four years. My family encouraged me to go on,” says the Class VI student of Lakshmi School, Veerapanchan, Madurai, who completed the entire Red Hat Certified Programme requirements on June 30 last year via a Prometric examination.”
The future is GNU/Linux. Even children are starting to grow up with it, e.g. on Android phones. █