reply to post by fixer1967
I was making another post there when it was closed.
The question presented there was does this affect Linux/Mac or Windows?
There are three distinct Os's mentioned there. I run Linux (yeah! Mint!). Here was my response....I had it in CnP after the thread was closed.
Originally posted by mytheroy
Is it programmed to affect Linux/Mac users or Windows only?
Simple answer, Windows. The article includes Mac users. Linux users are immune.
It's obvious that the creators of the trojan have (had) both Mac and Doze in their possession. It's the platforms they developed on for their
heinous deeds. Why? That is the grievous question. Again, an easy answer.
Mac products are expensive, thus richer victims to steal from. Doze is the standard. That includes the other 90%. It's worth developing the Mac
trojan because the payoff is bigger, and the Windows one because it's the simplest. For example, hit the "Start" button on your Windows machine,
find the "Run" button off to the right. Type in "cmd" without quotes. Then type in "ipconfig /all", without quotes. Yep, that's your
internet configuration there. See those DNS numbers? They are listed as xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx. Those go to your ISP's nameservers. A simple batch file
can rewrite those, and many Windows machines are not secured. (Note: a firewall only protects against traffic, not against programs you have
running.) You should write those numbers down, the Primary DNS, and Secondary DNS. If you ever find yourself disconnected from the internet, do the
above, and see if the numbers match. If they don't you can set them back manually. "Control Panel", "Network", "Properties", click the
"manually assign", and type in those numbers you have written down. Hit "apply". Whew, that should re-connect you, but then get rid of the
Linux is immune. I said that. I don't run any anti-whatever, and there's a reason for that.
I love surfing the interwebs naked. It's freedom.
My OS flows. There's nothing paranoid in the background needlessly scanning for imaginary infected files, saving valuable system processes.
I often think that anti-virus companies were founded by Christians, because they force you to live in fear. You run a virus scan, and hold your
breath. Whew, only 138 this time.
The reason Linux is immune? Security. To change anything, you need the system password. Every Linux OS has an individual PW, created by the person
that formatted it. A trojan has no way to "guess" that password, so it tries to run the batch file that is designed to do ONE thing to an unsecured
system, and fails. Trojans have no password guessing capabilities, only a simple (or complex) payload to deliver.
Am I hackable? Sure, I suppose, nothing is impossible. Am I trojan/virus/malware proof? The proof is in my pudding. To each their own. I prefer
not having to run extra software just to have the assurance that my OS is secure, but that's just me.