Talk:Drive-by download

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Untitled[edit]

I removed the "10%" figure, it is inaccurate. The URLs Google analyzed were already suspicious, they were not selected at random.

This article mentioned in the Press[edit]

See http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2007/10/how_dumb_is_too.html?cid=nl_IWK_daily (though the URL indicates 'blog' this is a legitimate news item. --User:Ceyockey (talk to me) 10:30, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

Prank[edit]

Is this worthy of a mention? Esn (talk) 00:17, 19 December 2007 (UTC)

Relevance[edit]

Is Drive-by shooting really worth mentioning? The only connection is in the name. Tobsan 2010-05-14 14:41 CET

Redundance[edit]

Element three on the list is a subset of two. Three defines a drive-by download as, "[a] Download of spyware, a computer virus or any kind of malware that happens without a person's knowledge", but two covers any download made in ignorance. As such, I am merging the two. 143.92.1.33 (talk) 02:22, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

Drive-by downloads may happen when visiting a website, viewing an e-mail message or by clicking on a deceptive pop-up window:[2] by clicking on the window in the mistaken belief that, for instance, an error report from the computer' operating system itself is being acknowledged, or that an innocuous advertisement pop-up is being dismissed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mirrordor (talkcontribs) 21:44, 2 June 2012 (UTC)

Phrasing[edit]

Drive-by downloads may happen when visiting a website, viewing an e-mail message or by clicking on a deceptive pop-up window:[2] by clicking on the window in the mistaken belief that, for instance, an error report from the computer' operating system itself is being acknowledged, or that an innocuous advertisement pop-up is being dismissed.

The phrase is clumsy and grammatically incorrect, and does not make sense. Please rewrite. Mirrordor 21:49, 2 June 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mirrordor (talkcontribs)

Explicit User Interaction[edit]

1. Downloads which a person authorized but without understanding the consequences...

This is incorrect. By definition a drive-by downloadoccurs without the user committing to a required action. For example, the act of viewing a malicious or compromised web page is not relevant. What matters is whether or not the user is given an option to download an executable file onto their system; only if a file is automatically downloaded does it qualify as a drive-by download. If a user is tricked into downloading a file by using their browser's default behaviour, then it does not qualify (this would instead fall directly under social engineering).

~ Mere Mortal (talk) 12:16, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

Unencyclopedic original research[edit]

There was a large paragraph in the article quite obviously written off the top of the head of the editor who added it. It cited no sources, and its tone resembled more that of a forum post than of an encyclopedia article. While informative, it did not belong in a Wikipedia article as it was, so I have removed it. See WP:NOR and WP:MOS.

Turdas (talk) 01:40, 19 July 2015 (UTC)