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Posted: 23 May 2007 05:40 PM   [ Ignore ]
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http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/internet/05/23/computer.virus.reut/index.html

Free computer virus finds willing victims

HELSINKI, Finland (Reuters)—Computer specialist Didier Stevens put up a simple text advertisement on the Internet offering downloads of a computer virus for people who did not have any.

Surprisingly, he found as many as 409 people clicking on the ad saying “Is your PC virus-free? Get it infected here!” during a 6-month advertising campaign on Google’s Adword, said the IT security expert.

“Some of them must have clicked on it by mistake. Some must have been curious or stupid,” said Mikko Hypponen, head of research at data security firm F-Secure.

There was no virus involved, it was an experiment aiming to show these kinds of advertising systems can be used for malicious intent, Stevens told Reuters.

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Posted: 23 May 2007 06:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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*runs virus scan after reading this post*
raspberry Acci!

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Posted: 23 May 2007 07:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Or some people may have thought “infected” was really “inspected”.  I could see how the mistake could be made.  I rarely click on ads, though…I *might* click on them from friendly sites I visit regularly…like here, just to see what kind of people advertise on a hoax site.  smile

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Posted: 23 May 2007 08:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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YOUR COMPUTER COULD BE INFECTED BY A VIRUS!

CLICK HERE TO MAKE SURE!

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Posted: 23 May 2007 09:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I just had to click to see what you linked to…
Yes, I’m one of those people who poke things with ‘wet paint’ signs on them…

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Posted: 24 May 2007 01:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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*hangs a “wet paint” sign on David B.*

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Posted: 24 May 2007 05:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Accipiter - 24 May 2007 05:49 AM

*hangs a “wet paint” sign on David B.*

Take that ‘i’ out and you’re nearly there!

(“Nurse? It’s time for my sponge-bath again!” *grin*)

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Posted: 24 May 2007 07:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Nurses…

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Posted: 24 May 2007 09:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Accipiter - 24 May 2007 05:49 AM

*hangs a “wet paint” sign on David B.*

*pokes David B.*

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Posted: 25 May 2007 05:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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* Hangs a “wet paint” sign at a particular body spot *

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J. Kruger & D. Dunning (1999), Unskilled and unaware of it: how difficulties in recognizing one’s own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments. J Pers Soc Psychol. 77, 1121-1134

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