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BBC Newsnight on Digital Security

St. Petersburg

Summary: Insufficient information provided about the source of botnets abundance

'Overheard' in was the following interesting exchange:

Satipera: BBC newsnight major piece on #digitalsecurity how botnets are easy to deploy. Easier to deploy than mentioning real problem, MS software. Laurel L. Russwurm: Are you referring to the insecurities inherent of MS software (and DRM) which gives control of computers to faceless others? Satipera: They are interviewing government spokesperson on #digitalsecurity. I am running the risk of wetting myself laughing. Satipera: I know so little about it, but obviously far more than British Governments designated spokesperson, bad situation. Laurel L. Russwurm: Aren't botnets possible because unsuspecting MicroSoft users computers are insecure due to Windows DRM? Laurel L. Russwurm: sadly that seems to be the case around the world. Those running the world are so ignorant of tech they are doing insane things Satipera: RE botnets, I do not think it is due to DRM but inherent MS OS insecurities. Laurel L. Russwurm: The fact that Windows computers phone home without their owner's permission (DRM) has to contribute to security flaws Laurel L. Russwurm: I'll be okay. I should be liberated from MS forever in the next couple of weeks. Satipera: Yes, that is a #digitalsecurity problem as it is done without the permission of the user, not with our beloved FLOSS though

This is why we call it "MSBBC". A lot of Microsoft UK staff has been entering the BBC since around 2006 or 2007. This helps control formats and also coverage.

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