The media loves to write about viruses named for famous people or events. They also like to talk about a virus writer’s attire, lifestyle, and political views. Many virus experts realize this and they play on the media’s fetish for juicy computer virus stories.
Result: we hear about viruses named after Lady Diana, or Anna Kournikova, or a Jerry Seinfeld character, or Bart Simpson. We hear about hackers who wear plastic bangles when they meet the U.S. president.
None of this matters to antivirus software, though — and it shouldn’t matter to you, either.
- FAQ: How often does virus hysteria occur?
- FAQ: How can I reduce the spread of hoax virus alerts in my company?
- FAQ: How can I spot a hoax computer virus/worm alert?
- FAQ: I received a virus alert from an authoritative source. Should I forward it to my friends?
- FAQ: My friend forwarded a hoax email to everyone. What can I do to help my duped friend?
- FAQ: Why are we so addicted to antivirus updates?
- FAQ: Why do reporters focus on pointless trivia when they write about viruses & worms?
- FAQ: Why do we constantly update antivirus products, yet only occasionally update anti-hacking products?
- FAQ: Will ‘cyber-terrorism’ occur in the near future?