Pidgin saved me from being hacked!

Shlomi Fish shlomif at
Thu Aug 2 07:05:27 EDT 2012

Hello Hermine,

On Wed, 1 Aug 2012 20:10:47 -0400
"Hermine Strand" <hermine.strand.writing at> wrote:

> I'm serious. If I hadn't been using Pidgin for text chat, I would probably
> now have an infected computer and a drained bank account. Details are in my
> latest blog post as per my signature below. Pidgin is definitely getting a
> donation right now! Who doesn't love Pidgin?

Regarding :

1. You mention that Pidgin crashed while the scammer was sending you what you
believed to be the exploit. Well, Pidgin (or most other programs) should never
crash, so it's also indicative of a bug (though it is better than being
exploited, assuming the crash was not indicative of an exploit.).

2. "Security software" such as anti-virus/etc. cannot handle many types of
malware including unknown malware, and polymorphic viruses - , and you could
always be hit by a more targeted attack.

While there is no silver bullet for security, one good idea is to use more
secure UNIX-like operating system (such as the *BSDs or some distributions of
GNU/Linux) instead of Microsoft Windows (later versions of MS Windows
have improved in security, but with every desktop user working as
administrator - I'm not sure it's enough), and to work as an
underprivileged user instead of root.



	Shlomi Fish

> Hermine Strand a.k.a Lawry Street
> Author
> Website/Blog <> 

Shlomi Fish
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