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Smokey Bear
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Get rid of a malware infection by means of trashing your PC

Softpedia | April 30th, 2013,

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There are multiple ways to get rid of a malware infection, but a German Ministry of Education has come up with a way that would shock many experts.

The Ministry of Education in Schwerin determined that it would cost them €130,000 ($169,000) to clean up 170 computers infected with the notorious Conficker malware.

So, instead of cleaning them, officials have decided to throw them in the trash and buy new ones.

Heise reports that the State Court of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern now condemns the decision, arguing that spending €187,000 ($244,000) on new devices and their installation is not “up to the principle of efficiency and economy.”

The court also blames the ministry, which catalogued the infected computers as “faulty equipment,” for not understanding basic IT security concepts.
Source: »news.softpedia.com/news/German-M···58.shtml

Heise report (in German language): »www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/···718.html
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dandelion
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Actually considering the PC's are probably older.. and the malware may return wouldn't that actually be cost efficient?



Smokey Bear
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This comment on Heise is probably what's all about (original text is German, Google translated):

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The report of the State Audit reads quite differently:

The report focuses on the scrapping of the old computer. Apparently the IT equipment but was possibly in fact defective.

»www.lrh-mv.de/land-mv/LRH_prod/L···2012.pdf
(From page 152)

The annual report by the Court of Audit is well written and a slap in the face! After all, a regulatory review of the grievance uncovered. This makes me sympathetic.

Between the lines:

1 The IQMV wanted new hardware. But had no inventory and zero appetite to change that. "An inventory of the used hardware and software was not performed. A final Assessing whether in fact there was a need for new equipment obtain, therefore, was not possible. "

2 The responsible Ministry pushes the Ministry of Education a bolt. "The competent Ministry considered the Application in its opinion as a non-departmental IT planning appropriate. "

3 As if by chance there is a virus attack. Evidence is there not: "However, the Ministry of Education could not state whether the IT systems of the IQMV actually affected the extent mentioned above were. Protocols of the anti-virus software could despite repeated demand for the Greifswald be presented, but not the massive detecting viruses was found at that time. Thereby remained open, which servers and APC with Malware infested and what malware it each has acted. "

4 The real scandal: the whole story stinks to viruses Sky. Obviously wanted the Ministry of Education the new acquisitions by pressure.
Original text: »www.heise.de/security/news/foren···09/read/

Better said: trashing tax money in perfection.
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The Antihero

join:2002-04-09
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My son tells me that a lot of people do trash their machines when they get infected. He's found quite a few decent machines in the trash, that only needed the hard drive wiped and the OS reinstalled. He then re-sells them to people, and since it normally only costs him a little bit of his time, it's pure profit.



ph0enix

join:2013-04-26
reply to Smokey Bear

Seems legit.

How about they just trash HDDs and get new ones?!


HarryH3

join:2005-02-21
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reply to Smokey Bear

Proof positive that the American government doesn't hold a patent on absurdity.