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    I got this newsletter from the people at LindowsOS. At first, I thought that they were joking about Microsoft Office 2003 being a virus. Then they go in and talk about "MO3" being able to modify any file on your computer without your permission or knowledge, as well as other key points in the article.

    I run Microsoft Office 2003 on my Desktop and was about to install it to my Laptop. Now, I'm not so sure. What do you think?

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    Michael's Minute:
    The World's Most Dangerous Virus

    Imagine if a computer virus emerged that secretly attached itself to one of the most popular software programs ever. Imagine if the largest media outlets unwittingly praised this secret pairing, encouraging millions of people to install it. Imagine if none of the major antivirus programs would detect it. Imagine if once installed, it could alter anything on your computer without your consent or knowledge. Imagine if the virus was at the control of a greedy entity that has repeatedly trampled on consumers and smaller companies to advance its corporate agenda. Imagine if it could force everyone who wanted to communicate with you to also carry the virus so it would insidiously spread person to person. Sound like a scary sci-fi plot? It's not science fiction. This week MO3 will be released on the world. Here's how to detect it in your neighborhood and what you can do to protect yourself:

    The Trojan Horse

    Press outlets will blanket the world with stories about Microsoft Office 2003. Most articles will tout seemingly innocuous features and feel good quotes from Microsoft like "this is our most important product release ever." Unfortunately the press won't talk about the dangerous software buried inside this release - MO3. This code will give Microsoft the ability to change anything on your computer at anytime they wish with no notification to you.

    The Security Ploy

    Post 9/11, few people question actions taken under the guise of "improved security" and this is how MO3 will be foisted onto computer users - as a feature to "make you safer." Computer users have understandably tired of the near daily worm and virus warnings, as well as the time-consuming patch process due to Microsoft's lax software standards and its focusing not on building secure products, but on products that secure its monopoly market positions. To improve the predicament which they've created, Microsoft is forcing consumers to accept MO3 embedded into every computer. Listen closely and you'll hear Microsoft mouth pieces speak of "turning software into a service" which really means they will be changing the software on your computer whenever they feel like it. They will slowly limit your ability to run non-Microsoft software. They will restrict choices on your computer to only those products they approve. They will make changes which cripple other software programs or reduce their ability to interoperate with your computer so you will be forced to use exclusively Microsoft approved products.

    History Repeats Itself

    Microsoft may use this newfound power to fix some holes in their software, but they will also abuse this power to further their corporate monopoly and increase their control and profits. Microsoft has already embedded the MO3 virus into another operating system they have deployed, called Xbox. They now have the power at anytime to change all existing Xboxes which connect to the Internet, and they are already misusing it. They have deleted files from users' computers without their knowledge or permission. They have added software which has removed the ability to run competitor's software. They have been changing users' systems without their consent and notification. They will do the same on Microsoft Windows-based computers once MO3 is installed.

    Microsoft management has been shown to be deceitful and dishonest and will continue this behavior. Twice Microsoft has been found guilty by the Federal government of using illegal tactics to drive competitors out of business and extend their monopoly, and unfortunately nothing has occured since then to make them change their practices.

    Infecting Friends



    Microsoft Word (.doc) file open in StarOffice 7
    To stop the advance of competing products and to force users into purchasing new software with the MO3 virus, Microsoft is making certain Microsoft Office 2003 files unreadable by all older versions of Microsoft Office and all competing office suites. Products like Sun's StarOffice are getting extremely good at interoperating with Microsoft word processing, presentation and spreadsheet files making it possible for people to spend closer to $50 for an office suite instead of giving $400 or more to Microsoft. To blunt this, and force users of older versions of Microsoft Office to buy new software, Microsoft has changed the specifications for some files.

    Again under the umbrella of "security," Microsoft is implementing features which limit who can open and edit documents to further thwart competition. Microsoft Office 2003 gives its users the ability to control who can read and edit certain documents, but only if they use the latest Microsoft software. If one user within an office uses this feature, all others will be unable to use any other office suite to access that document. They will not be permitted to run Linux software; they will be required to purchase and run additional copies of Microsoft Office 2003. Since documents are frequently emailed around via the Internet, this will force others to accept Microsoft's software or be unable to communicate. Microsoft refers to this as IRM for "information rights management," but it's really an "infection relay method" designed to force everyone to adopt MO3. They will be using scare tactics about leaked memos or misdirected emails to persuade unwitting computer users to deploy this technology. Doing so will create a viral growth of MO3 which will give MS unlimited power over every computer.

    Universal MO3

    MO3 will not only come with Microsoft Office 2003, but with future Microsoft products as well. The same technology will be embedded into the next version of Microsoft's operating system software so all users will have to accept it with their new computer. Latest estimates indicate this new software will not ship until 2006, so between now and then, watch for Microsoft to secretly embed MO3 into updates or security patches that they promote for their existing product line.

    Protect Yourself



    Microsoft Excel (.xls) file open in StarOffice 7
    There are precautionary measures you can take to fend off MO3. First off, do not purchase and install Microsoft Office 2003. Also, discourage those around you from purchasing Microsoft Office as well, since one infection will quickly grow. If you need a new office suite, check out the solid and affordable StarOffice 7.0 which runs equally well on Microsoft Windows or Linux computers, and can be purchased online and immediately downloaded and installed. Encourage those penning articles and reviews to fully inform their readers of the dangers of Microsoft Office 2003. Finally, encourage them to do in-depth reviews of Microsoft Office 2003 vs. Sun's StarOffice 7.0 so people can make informed decisions about the benefits and risks of either product.

    -- Michael

    Linkage: http://www.lindows.com/lindows_michaelsminutes.php
    (Click on Oct 21 2003, if it's been updated to a newer story.)

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    I received the same letter too, and have received similar to it in the past. However, until today, I have not seen any technical proof about this, nor has anyone offered the steps they took to conclude it was a "VIRUS".

    Does MS have the capability of doing such an implication, yes and even worse they can do it for a while without being punished (legally) for it. Simply because they have $$. However, with all the teckies in the world, i would say that this "VIRUS' would be identified within days. U might say why days, not months or more, well, that's because certain people (a large amount of them) test every MS product, i'm one of them.

    For now, this is another stunt by the Linux community to discredit MS.

    btw, if anyone has any info about HOW TO IDENTIFY or anything TECHNICAL regarding this, feel free to post it here and/or PM me with the link

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    they go in and talk about "MO3" being able to modify any file on your computer without your permission or knowledge
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    Originally posted by nikita69@21 October 2003 - 17:23
    I received the same letter too, and have received similar to it in the past. However, until today, I have not seen any technical proof about this, nor has anyone offered the steps they took to conclude it was a "VIRUS".

    Does MS have the capability of doing such an implication, yes and even worse they can do it for a while without being punished (legally) for it. Simply because they have $$. However, with all the teckies in the world, i would say that this "VIRUS' would be identified within days. U might say why days, not months or more, well, that's because certain people (a large amount of them) test every MS product, i'm one of them.

    For now, this is another stunt by the Linux community to discredit MS.

    btw, if anyone has any info about HOW TO IDENTIFY or anything TECHNICAL regarding this, feel free to post it here and/or PM me with the link
    Wait a second there! Lindows sucks and to loyal linux users like myself we dont even consider lindows to be worthy in the open source community. Ill say again LINDOWS SUCKS. And anyone who uses "Lindows" should get a "real" linux distro and stop using that crap.

    And why would anyone need to discredit microsoft? The flaws in their products speak for themselves and do their own discrediting of microsoft.

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    Shn - I feel the need to reply directly to your topic.

    First of all, Lindows does suck. Did I mention I'm running a dual boot system... LindowsOS 4.0 and Windows XP Pro. I won't go into all the details about why I don't like Lindows. The Internet suite sucks and so do Mozilla and Opera. It doesn't support video out of the box (or should I say, from a fresh install). The video players available for it, do not support full screen. The interface is buggy. You have to reboot to change the color of your mouse pointer. And that's just the surface.

    But from what I've seen, Lindows blows other Linux distros out of the water. I've tried a few of them, and they are crap.

    RED HAT 9.0 "SHRIKE" (maybe 9.1 I can't remember) does not support my external Firewire Hard drive. Lindows does. Hell... Red Hat doesn't even support SOUND BLASTER! LMAO! The oldest sound card (or at least, the most popular). So not only can I not access any of my files, if I could, I couldn't listen to music.

    MANDRAKE. I think, 9.0. Utter shit. I install it, and it drops me into a command prompt. WTF? I don't know the Linux command prompt! Maybe you, a hardcore Linux phreak, could tell me all I had to do was type in blah blah blah -x -xv:458 and it would have loaded the GUI. How was I to know that? OK... maybe I made a mistake. The installer was easy enough. So I wiped the drive again (yes I was starting from a blank HD) and installed it again. Again, command prompt.

    Again, Lindows sucks BUT they are the only ones, as far as I'm concerned, that are trying to make Linux into a viable desktop alternative to Windows.

    Maybe the hardcore Linux people don't want that. Maybe they want to look cool having an OS that is 10X more advanced than Windows, which Linux is or rather, has the potential to be. But, us Microsoft slaves are getting sick and tired of a new Windows every year, and service packs every 6 months, and a critical update every day because Micro$oft hasn't figured out the concept of beta testing their products before selling them.

    OK, I don't mean to be an ass, but I've been trying to get out from under Windoze and though it sucks, Lindows is the closest thing to a real, working Linux distro I've put on my computer. By working, I mean it has to support all the hardware on my computer, get online (both Red Hat and Lindows did, with no problem), and I'd really like to run Kazaa.

    Furthermore, I think "Linux people" should be supporting Linux, if only verbally. After all, if more people run Lindows... and they're going to, because Lindows offers an OS perfect for going online and checking email, and they have deals with OEMs to make cheap computers... then more hardware companies will offer Linux drivers, as consumer demand rises, and more software companies will port to or develop for Linux. And maybe one of your "real Linux distros" will offer a service that competes with Lindows' Click-N-Run, and Lindows won't be the only Linux distro that offers software that you don't have to install manually. Ugh.

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