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U.S. Marshals Run Outdated Antvirus, Get Infected

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May 22, 2009 10:08:31 PM

Just another Windows virus. Nothing to see here. Move along.
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May 22, 2009 10:19:26 PM

Army fail? You'd think the U.S. government would be more secure than even the best computer enthusiast...
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May 22, 2009 10:34:02 PM

*sigh
really...
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May 22, 2009 10:40:55 PM

deltatux, the us government has switched more towards detecting, not preventing these things. thats why they don't update their software except every year.
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May 22, 2009 10:45:00 PM

HEADSHOT!
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May 22, 2009 11:30:13 PM

God what the hell is wrong with PC users? They seem to get dumber everyday , FBI now included.
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Anonymous
May 23, 2009 12:03:10 AM

Not that the FBI, or any other government agency, is that smart to begin with
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May 23, 2009 12:58:43 AM

Someone should fire that IT staff. I mean really Oct 2008? With all the Chinese hackers u think the govt would at least update some PCs.
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May 23, 2009 1:31:02 AM

Trendmicro sucks. My school put it on our laptops and I got rid of it in favor of AVG. It's much more proactive.
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May 23, 2009 1:41:14 AM

deltatuxArmy fail? You'd think the U.S. government would be more secure than even the best computer enthusiast...

Naw that's just the CIA they take security seriously down there all usb ports cemented over that aren't to use and the keyboard mice cemented to the computer lol they don't f around at the cia. Federal marshal is just the guys that track down a catch people abroad or across jursdictions.

This just reminds me of companys that don't do the important updates from Microsoft or from the av then get hit big time by a virus that would have been patched if they were up to date. like conflicker :) 
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May 23, 2009 2:01:30 AM

oh great... nice job gates
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May 23, 2009 3:57:17 AM

someone at the marshal's office got lucked out with his wife ey, indeed needing the urge to browse through some porn. lol poor guy. j/k =]
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May 23, 2009 5:46:53 AM

Ain't no country for old men!!
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May 23, 2009 6:22:13 AM

What a shame.They should just shut up and don't even tell anyone about such a basic security failure.It just tells people how vulnerable and unprepared for any security issues they systems are.

And get the right IT staff in there now!

I am not an American, but feel sorry for American people to even have to deal with such a basic security problems.

Microsoft sucks too...

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May 23, 2009 6:40:17 AM

Well, we can rest assured our tax dollars arent being spent on antivirus software and intelligent IT admins.
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May 23, 2009 4:50:08 PM

watching too much pr0n on the wrong sites
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May 23, 2009 8:06:43 PM

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Several reports indicate that the problem was caused by the U.S. Marshals Service running backlevel antivirus software


What's backlevel?
Doesn't come up on google.
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May 23, 2009 9:33:42 PM

This is crap I get layed off and whoever there IT people are cant even keep there systems patched!!! I think I will be applying at the US Marshals and the FBI now..... It seems they will hire anyone.
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May 23, 2009 11:57:15 PM

This is funny. I had a computer that had no antivirus for two years and was connected to the internet all the time. After I realized it had no antivirus and ran a scan, nothing was found.
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Anonymous
May 24, 2009 6:36:05 AM

g0rilla ur a zombie already that's why...
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May 24, 2009 7:07:30 AM

nihilityWhat's backlevel?Doesn't come up on google.

That's the point.
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May 25, 2009 12:02:23 AM

My guess is the backlevel server that holds the anti-virus singatures wasn't updated so it wasn't pushing the new updates to all the client PCs on the network. Which basically means the system admins there weren't doing their job in monitoring their servers!!

TrendMicro automatically sends out e-mail alerts if something isn't right and I betcha they didn't even setup their mail notification either. Unreal.

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May 25, 2009 5:06:36 PM

zingamIt is ridiculous to pay hundreds of dollars for an OS and then to pay even more hundreds of dollars for AV and Firewall software. And then you are still not sure what might hit you from behind!

First of all, you can get both of those for free. Avast!, and Free AVG are both great and free.

Second, the article doesn't even mention what OS the FBI is using.

Third, There are much better methods to keep viri from infecting computers from the internet, and I'm sure the FBI uses such a system. I'm guess it was an idiot with a flash drive, doing something they shouldn't have.
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May 25, 2009 6:20:19 PM

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Third, There are much better methods to keep viri from infecting computers from the internet, and I'm sure the FBI uses such a system. I'm guess it was an idiot with a flash drive, doing something they shouldn't have


Which is one of the reasons why Window 7's auto disk start is disabled. It's annoying for me since I use special apps on my flash drive and I have to start it manually. However, on the bright side at least my system won't get infected by some idiot who wants to show me some stuff on his flash drive not knowing it's infected with a virus.

I know by now Microsoft did make a patch for Vista and I believe WinXP that disables this.

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May 26, 2009 1:31:57 PM

So is this why I'm suddenly getting a ton of emails from government sites? I never signed up for anything.
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May 26, 2009 3:43:33 PM

*facepalm*

I want my tax $'s back, clearly there is not a bright bulb in the bunch.
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May 26, 2009 4:58:46 PM

And these absolute IDIOTS are the ones we are supposed to trust to protect us from the the bad guys ? Wake Up America
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Anonymous
May 28, 2009 5:57:13 PM

A big fat LOL to the person who thinks that AVG is a good AV. The only choices worth considering when it comes to AV software is Kaspersky or NOD32. And even if you have a good AV it's still rendered useless if you don't update it. *eyeroll*
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