Jan 20 2009

Believe it — reporters yawned over nine million infected PCs

It’s been a few years since the media whipped up a frenzy over a virus / worm — and now an established antivirus vendor claims a worm tallied another 6.5 million PCs in just four days. It’s “growing expontentially” according to one press report. So why hasn’t the Downadup worm generated “the perfect storm” of media hysteria?

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Dec 20 2008

Irony in a U.S. gov’t “cyberwar simulation”

Congressman James Langevin (D-RI) fears America will suffer dire conse­quences in a suc­cessful cyber-attack. It might cause the failure of banking or national electri­cal systems, he said. Strong words. So — did a cyber-attack cause the banking industry to plea for a $700 billion emergency bailout?

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Nov 24 2008

Does the banking industry really care about the Sinowal trojan?

Windows Secrets editor Woody Leonhard quoted my “heretic” opinion of the Sinowal / Mebroot trojan. I’ll expand on my comments just to make sure everyone reads my viewpoint…

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Nov 22 2008

New chain letter alert: “Worst computer virus confirmed by Snopes”

You could sign up to receive virus alerts from an antivirus firm — or you could receive virus alerts from a guy who makes paint at Sherwin-Williams. It’s amazing how many people will trust the paint guy to keep them abreast of computer threats…

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Nov 20 2008

A missive to Symantec’s new CEO

An open letter to Enrique Salem, the incoming CEO at Symantec…

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Nov 10 2008

Twenty years … and yet the battle continues

Along the way I’ve exposed numerous “experts” who fell for a computer security hoax. My desire to understand why experts get duped led me to pick up Dr. Madeleine L. Van Hecke’s new book on the topic…

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Sep 07 2008

Russia used cyber hype as a weapon against Georgia

Imagine the frustration Georgia’s president must have felt. Russian tanks & bombers are swooping in, but what does the media really care about? “President Saakashvili, is it true the president of Poland agreed to host your website until the cyberattacks subside?”

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Aug 20 2008

Raison d’être

Waaay back in 2003, I set a task for myself in my belief that everything should fight for its existence: In the long term, in 2007, I want to put Vmyths on trial for its life. Too many things exist when they [no longer have a] reason to exist… What if computer security hysteria drops [...]

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Aug 19 2008

Wikipedia babbles about Russian-Georgian “cyberattacks”

You’ll find details on the aircraft, tanks, and rifles used in this conflict … yet nothing at all on the cyber-weapons. Wikipedia offers not a single clue about the Kremlin’s computing might, software armaments, nor even a map of the major IP boundaries…

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Aug 18 2008

Media lacks “thousands feared dead” headlines in Russian-Georgian “cyber-war”

In a physical war, a politician shouts “Christiane Amanpour’s plane landed at the airport, everyone flee for your lives!” In a cyber-war, a coworker shouts “John Markoff’s story just went online, everyone click on the links!” And why don’t we hear stories about, who knows, maybe Georgia’s victorious counter-thrust into Russian IP space where they dropped a Google-bomb on the .ru TLD, or something like that…?

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