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ApUUbunU
June 17th, 2008, 10:33 PM
Just recently, I was conversing with someone who was a Linux user, but masked himself as an ignorant Windows user. He got in a fake argument with me about how IE8 is better then the new Firefox. Obviously I had to argue back. I did so, and he sent me a malicious link, which I won't bother posting for obvious reasons. It caused Firefox to crash, resulting in my self being severely annoyed.

Such people, of the respectable, and helpful Linux community really put a turn on how I think people can act. His motive was "it was funny". I simply do not understand how these malicious users act. How can a person get thrills from such behaviour. A Linux user (IMO) is thought as of being helpful, at least those I have met or talked to are. The person was simply the opposite.

I also guess there's some stupidity on my part for clicking the link. I should be more careful in the future.

Has anyone else got anything to say about this, opinions or similar occurrences would be interesting to read.

lisati
June 17th, 2008, 10:37 PM
I think the person was probably bored and had nothing better to do with their time. As hard as it can be at times, it's not worth worrying too much about such people - what goes around comes around.

fatality_uk
June 17th, 2008, 10:43 PM
he sent me a malicious link, which I won't bother posting for obvious reasons. It caused Firefox to crash, resulting in my self being severely annoyed.

Just because you use Linux, does not mean that you are 100% immune to threats. And to be honest, you need to look at your judgment. Clicking randoms links from unknown people will often lead to bad results.

Here's links that explains it all:
http://www.iwantyourbankdetailsscam.com
http://www.idontlinkelinux-clickme.com

20thCenturyBoy
June 17th, 2008, 10:44 PM
In my experience there's a much higher concentration of asinine Linux users. But the asinine Windows users are much more immature and the helpful Linux users are much more helpful.

ApUUbunU
June 17th, 2008, 10:46 PM
Actually, I was using Windows at the time. However, yes, I had incorrect judegement, and should be a lot more careful. Thanks for the tip, its my first experience of something like this; my Linux experience has pretty much been confined to these forums or talking to good friends.

billgoldberg
June 17th, 2008, 10:52 PM
Actually, I was using Windows at the time. However, yes, I had incorrect judegement, and should be a lot more careful. Thanks for the tip, its my first experience of something like this; my Linux experience has pretty much been confined to these forums or talking to good friends.

In general this forums should be safe from such dubious types.

Linux users are people, and people come in all shapes and sizes.

Some people are just idiots.

cardinals_fan
June 17th, 2008, 11:40 PM
Just because you use Linux, does not mean that you are 100% immune to threats. And to be honest, you need to look at your judgment. Clicking randoms links from unknown people will often lead to bad results.

Here's links that explains it all:
http://www.iwantyourbankdetailsscam.com
http://www.idontlinkelinux-clickme.com
Hey! Those links don't work! :)

smbm
June 17th, 2008, 11:49 PM
Obviously I had to argue back.

Doesn't seem that obvious to me.

Polygon
June 17th, 2008, 11:58 PM
now youve learned to install noscript so those kind of browser attacks dont work ;)