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Re: BOTNET reference involving oscilloscope

  • From: Adrian Chadd
  • Date: Fri Nov 23 21:10:33 2007

On Fri, Nov 23, 2007, Leigh Porter wrote:
> We have a load of test kit here running Windows, it frightens me as it
> gets moved from lab to lab office to office and nobody runs anything on
> it to keep in check.
> It's a sad sad world when you need anti virus software on your lab test kit!
> I mean really, how screwed up is it to run Windows on a spectrum
> analyser and then leave everything open, on SP1 with no firewall and no
> patches and then go plugging it into peoples networks.

I believe a local university physics department had a STM (microscope)
running Windows 95 or Windows 98 + embedded stuff. The drivers broke whenever
you tried patching it away from the shipped software version.

The academics demanded that the device be accessible from everywhere so they
could drag/drop data files to/from other universities on the thing. With a
public IP address.