Apr 30 2010

Archive of our tweets for April 2010

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Vmyths archives its Twitter feed for historical clarity. If it went out via our “vmyths” account, you’ll find it here — along with any needed explanations, clarifications, corrections, and apologies. Co-founder Rob Rosenberger submitted all the tweets this month.

  • 1 April 2010
    1. U.S. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms admits his office got duped by hoax “Drudge virus alert” http://bit.ly/bHcGVB
    2. People (still) fall for HOAX virus alerts every day — many of them first seen in the late 1990s!
  • 15 April 2010
    1. Alert! Hackers in Iceland “erased” 6,000 flights to/from Britain– oh wait, it was just a volcanic ash cloud. My bad…
  • 18 April 2010
    1. Airline industry copes with volcanic ash plumes but they CAN’T survive a cyber-attack? http://Vmyths.com/column/1/2004/8/3
    2. @robtlee Security experts stranded worldwide by crippled airlines– thank God it wasn’t due to a cyber-attack, eh?
  • 22 April 2010
    1. McAfee rules out cyber-terror re: yesterday’s antivirus attack. Death @ Rhode Island hospital a coincidence until proven otherwise.
      In response to a reader who mentioned an obviously greedy person had urged people to sue if by chance any ICU medical equipment crashed during a flawed McAfee antivirus update.
    2. Newsflash: Sophos employees “airlifted” to Boston. They should claim “we came to investigate the McAfee antivirus attack!”
      Flights diverted due to volcano eruption, combined with a flawed McAfee antivirus update.
    3. My solar calculator shows McAfee’s attack yesterday cost US$7.8 billion. Who will dare to claim an “accurate” guesstimate?
    4. McAfee’s antivirus attack IS cyber-terror by some loose definitions. “Oh, except it’s not.” Then tighten your loose definitions!
    5. Humor: “Sophos Anti-Eyjafjallajokull 1.0″ prevents volcano cyber-attack http://cart.ooni.st/sophos-anti-eyjafjallajokull
  • 23 April 2010
    1. No joke: according to McAfee’s experts, Iceland’s volcano = 1 month of email spam http://Vmyths.com/2009/04/17/mcafee
    2. Irony! Email & tweets re: McAfee’s antivirus attack = 9 hours of Iceland volcano eruption http://Vmyths.com/2009/04/17/mcafee
    3. Aw, McAfee finally apologized for antivirus attack! Recall what I said 7 years ago: http://Vmyths.com/column/1/2003/5/12
  • 24 April 2010
    1. My mom is dying. Remember my “Euthanize the Internet” column? http://Vmyths.com/column/1/2002/12/13
  • 25 April 2010
    1. @BleuZ00m My book review: “White House booted Richard Clarke for putting cyber terror ahead of real terror on 9/10/01.” –30–
      Responding to a reader who wondered about Richard Clarke’s new fiction book.
    2. @RIHospital asserts “patients were safe throughout” the McAfee antivirus attack last week. Don’t get duped by urban legends!
    3. Is it “malpractice” if my mom’s hospital equipment auto-updated its McAfee antivirus? http://Vmyths.com/column/1/2003/1/11
    4. I reviewed Richard Clarke’s “brand new” cyber-terror novel 7 years ago http://Vmyths.com/column/1/2003/1/22
    5. @BleuZ00m You should’ve seen his face when I asked the ICU doctor “will McAfee’s bad antivirus update kill my mom?” :-)
  • 27 April 2010
    1. RT @attritionorg I miss Rob and vmyths.com .. he had such excellent articles on our crappy industry.
  • 28 April 2010
    1. Q: Why did Richard Clarke write a FICTIONAL cyberwar novel? A: Because REALITY is boring http://bit.ly/9C4vwi
    2. Seriously: may I write a fictional review of Richard Clarke’s fictional cyberwar novel?
      A reader gives the okay, resulting in the next tweet.
    3. @uberwillow “…and Clarke wisely switched to iambic pentameter when his hacker-hero first kisses the nerdy librarian…”
  • 30 April 2010
    1. 10th anniversary of “ILOVEYOU” virus! Boo hoo, it cost exactly the same as Ford Motor Co.’s $8.7B loss http://bit.ly/cA3aCL

[Continued in May 2010 tweets]