Sounds like a case of the Dancing Pigs problem to me. But it does suck to see Phoronix targeted like this.
Its so sad that there are people who can be scammed like this and it even works, geez. Unbelievable.
Its so funny to think that Phoronix sells antivirus software.
I wonder was the antivirus scam windows software?
I can't help but notice since Phoronix started IDG that there have been persistent spam bots and now this.
Should read:To anyone that may be affected by this, there are many free alternatives to buying anti-virus software for Windows, and it's reliable too.
And then, of course, there is the warped view of vulnerabilities that exist in Linux that becomes possible as a result of the way the information about the development and maintenance of the platform components is done entirely out in public for everyone to see. Those closed-source platforms are developed in the dark, and all the developers are forced to work under strict NDA, which means that the majority of *severe* vulnerabilities are never exposed to the public at all -- that, of course, doesn't mean that they don't exist, just that they are being hidden behind a mountain of bennys.
Of course, all these vulnerabilities are minuscule compared to the vulnerabilities spread by those whose primary mission in life is the spread of misinformation regarding the state of security in Ubuntu, or Linux in general. You must realize that I am referring to those responsible for that platform which is afflicted by these "virus" things, whatever they are...
Counting public bug fixes is a bad way to compare the security of a platform, the REAL way is to count EXPLOITS -- actually, not just the number of them, but a summation of the death-factor of exploits -- a little function involving the time between first observation and patch, severity of compromise, number of systems affected, etc.
Now more to the point;
The world works this way... you have a whole bunch of morons who don't know anything about anything. They'll buy something from some disreputable website without doing any kind of background check on who it is they are buying something from. THIS IS THE SAME kind of person responsible for handing BILLIONS over to MS. They see some ad from a disreputable organization and immediately hand over hundreds of dollars for something of incredibly inferior quality.