Home » Research » About » IT vs OT | When Facing The Insider Threat What Happend Free Software vs Open Source | ask me |


Voice of the Masses

Insider threat tactics: The hacker speaks by Priscilla

· Priscilla Felicia Harmanus · 1993 from the Netherlands · Last update: 13 juli 2020    

How I discovered Free Software and met RMS 

How To Install Proprietary Closed Software In Ubuntu 
Your Grandma on linux - explain

  No one knows who I am yet and what kind
of content I produce. So why not focus a topic that 
people are 
already searching for, right?


 HOW DID YOU DISCOVER LINUX?  | Insider threat tactics

I haven't been laid in a year. :( I think it's my distro. 
What version are you guys running?  

Welcome to Lunix!



March, 2016
Cueball was telling Priscilla about Ubuntu the other day, and the conversation was a lot like this:


CUEBALL: "So, do you know what Ubuntu is?"

PRISCILLA: "Nope"

CUEBALL: "It's an operating system for computers. It's free and you can download it from their website."

PRISCILLA: "And why would I want to download it? :confused:"

CUEBALL: "Well, it's got a lot of advantages. It's, well, free...it's very customizable, gets no spyware or viruses, open source etc."

PRISCILLA: "Really? No viruses?"

CUEBALL: "Nope, unless you try extremely hard to get one."

PRISCILLA: "Cool...I'll look it up."


At which point the conversation switched topic to the windy, cold, Autumn weather.

Anyway, so yesterday I head over to his house, and he starts up one of his three computers. The little screen pops up and asks "Ubuntu" or "Windows Vista". He selects Ubuntu, and then starts raving about how great it is.

He then tells me once it starts up that it's wonderful for PORN. He said that he had been browsing tons of sites, and didn't have to worry about any viruses! I was a little taken aback, but I started to laugh afterwords. He said that he got viruses and spyware all the time on Vista, but so far didn't get any on Ubuntu. 

Anyway, I've been thinking about it, and I bet there's probably a lot of people using Linux only for porn, so that they don't get viruses. :eek:


Ubuntu uses the information about searches to show the user ads to buy various things from Amazon. Amazon commits many wrongs (see http://stallman.org/amazon.html); by promoting Amazon, Canonical contributes to them. However, the ads are not the core of the problem. The main issue is the spying.

Ubuntu, a widely used and influential GNU/Linux distribution, has installed surveillance code. When the user searches her own local files for a string using the Ubuntu desktop, Ubuntu sends that string to one of Canonical's servers. (Canonical is the company that develops Ubuntu.)

If you ever recommend or redistribute GNU/Linux, please remove Ubuntu from the distros you recommend or redistribute. [...] In your install fests, in your Software Freedom Day events, in your FLISOL events, don't install or recommend Ubuntu. Instead, tell people that Ubuntu is shunned for spying. Richard Stallman[1]


Do you know the signs of suspicious activity? Find out. Recognizing and Dealing With Suspicious Behavior.