Read an interesting article this morning – Political Surfers Beware, Watching that Obama or McCain Video May Expose You to Identity Theft. An interesting lesson on the dangers of P2P file sharing and the carelessness many users have when downloading video. Well-written, full of useful info, and approrpiate for the season. And refreshingly written by political consultants from both sides of the aisle who are co-chairmen of Arts and Labs,
Then I scrolled down to the readers comments.
Is it just me, or is there a group of raving lunatics that starts dumping ridiculous comments anytime a political theme is mentioned on the web? Even tangentially? It seems to mostly be coming from the Right, but there are a lot of nice/smart/coherent people on the Right so perhaps its just some form of illness.
This story was NOT about Obama, Mccain, Palin, Saturday Night Live, or the imminent collapse of the Republic. It was a timely, well-considered WARNING about P2P file sharing and identity theft. Some warnings about being thoughtful, careful, and protected. The Webroot folks actually make some robust products, so if they are concerned, so should you! Did anyone read the story?
Wait. I know what the malware does!!! It hijacks your identity, surfs the web for the words “McCain” and “Obama,” enters meaningless partisan drivel by randomly selecting sentences from Rush Limbaugh, then illegally registers the infected PC owner as a voter in at least seven states.
Dangerous stuff. Protect yourself by avoiding P2P (and that’s “Peer-to-Peer” not “Partisan-to-Partisan”) downloads, updating your virus software, and sticking to FM radio.