Truth About Computer Security Hysteria
8/1/05 newsletter corrections and apologiesVea Culpa, Corrections editor
Monday, 1 August 2005
In our 8/1/05 email newsletter, editor Rob Rosenberger claimed Symantec "routinely leave[s] customers in the dark re: antivirus product vulnerabilities." Elias Levy (Symantec) correctly pointed out Symantec's current disclosure policy. Rosenberger accidentally phrased his comment in the present tense rather than the historic past tense. His comments did not undergo a proper proofreading due to the death of his wife. We sincerely regret the error.
In the same newsletter, Rosenberger claimed the ISS "'AlertCon' threat status has remained at 'normal' the whole time" after the firm announced it would give lectures on exploitable vulnerabilities in Cisco routers and popular antivirus software. ISS in fact raised its AlertCon threat status on 29 July, a few days before our newsletter went out. Rosenberger noted this fact farther down in the same newsletter, but the first reference did not undergo a proper proofreading due to the death of his wife. We sincerely regret the error.
Levy also told Rosenberger that Vmyths has failed to publish multiple agreed-to corrections. "So much for 'Vea Culpa' and that idea that 'We publicly correct our errors — because 'truth' is the first word in our website slogan," he insisted. We believe Levy's accusation and we will confer with him to belatedly acknowledge our errors. We sincerely apologize to our readers for any lapse in our corrections policy.
In a tribute to irony, we wish to point out the fact Rob Rosenberger once published a column titled "basic fact checking."