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Truth About Computer Security Hysteria

Rob Rosenberger

I'm just a one-crusade guy

Rob Rosenberger, Vmyths co-founder
Monday, 28 February 2000 USENET PARTICIPANT GLEN Harman made this observation about my efforts to dispel the Aureate DLLs Trojan myth:
[Your website] doesn't attempt to separate the wheat from the chaff. It doesn't try to dig through the hype and hysteria to uncover the potential issues and address them invidividually. Instead, it leaves people with the impression that there never were any valid concerns...
Some people expect too much of me. My crusade focuses on a specific issue — yet folks want me to also crusade for everything else they consider important. Hey, I'm just a one-crusade guy...
I don't mean to single out Harman: he made a rather common observation. However, I do think some people expect too much of me. My crusade focuses on a specific issue — yet folks want me to also crusade for everything else they consider important. Data privacy, computer ethics, the advancement of Linux, the eradication of gum disease, you name it. First, I want to focus on security hysteria itself, not any peripheral issues it may raise after the fact. Second, I don't like to debate subjects which ride on the coattails of a faulty precursor. Third, the peripheral issues in question usually don't rile me enough to carry a torch. I like to think of myself as a one-crusade guy. Harman easily recognized this when I pointed it out to him. I hope you recognize it, too. (Thanks for understanding, Glen.)