May 16 2009

FAQ: Why do reporters focus on pointless trivia when they write about viruses & worms?

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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.

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