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Will U.S. emerge as a pro-Al Qaeda cyber terrorist haven?
Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger returned from a physical war in Iraq ... and realized he might need to invade Malaysia, too. A hysterical "security advisory" from the fearmongers at iDefense relied on bizarre connections to link childish hacking with suicidal bombings. Rosenberger found the connections so bizarre -- and so specious -- that he changed "Malaysia" to "United States." Guess what? iDefense could issue a second, far more hysterical "security advisory" if it ever wanted to accuse the U.S. of harboring cyber-terrorists...
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iDefense terrorized by a virus that doesn't yet exist
An "intelligence threat assessment" by the bankrupt beltway bandits at iDefense claims they "found that [a recent worm written by an idiot who calls himself 'Melhacker'] contained encrypted code and numerous Muslim names whose significance is unclear, as well as at least one and possibly two references to al-Qaeda." Good grief! Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger realized many of his columns also contain numerous Muslim names whose significance is unclear, as well as at least one and possibly two references to Al Qaeda. But wait, it gets better. iDefense flunky Jim Melnick claimed Melhacker pre-announced a "3-in-1" megaworm that would someday be called Scezda. "This should be viewed as a major threat," Melnick warned in his threat assessment. It "is of great concern, and one that needs to be closely watched..."
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Firm exploits anthrax fears, predicts cyber-anthrax scare
Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger notes "the bankrupt fearmongers at iDefense now predict 'anthrax mail scares could prompt [a] cyber response... Users should be on alert not to open any e-mail messages with an attachment referring to anthrax.' Makes you want to iron your email, doesn't it?"
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iDefense rants pay no rents, part 2
The fearmongers at iDefense filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Vmyths editor-at-large George C. Smith takes a "hystorical" look at founder James Adams' most pithy quotes...
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iDefense rants pay no rents, part 1
The fearmongers at iDefense filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Vmyths editor-at-large George C. Smith takes a "hystorical" look at the firm and its bombastic founder, James Adams...
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Raid on e-Tebbe, part 5
Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger tears apart a report which describes in detail a non-existent Israeli-Palestinian cyberwar. "iDefense wants you to think they monitor 'escalating cyber attacks' in the Gaza region. In reality, they document a bunch of wannabees who lob ping packets at each other..."
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Virus Hysteria Alert, 8 Feb 2001, 11:00 CT
Our very first Virus Hysteria Alert focused on iDefense's role in the non-existent Israeli-Palestinian cyberwar. "A beltway bandit called 'iDefense' carved a media niche with tailor-made fearmongering," we warned. "However, they put it on a backburner when 'cyberwarriors' on both sides of the conflict grew bored... Watch for analyst Ben Venzke, new CEO Brian Kelly, and other iDefense flunkies to renew their fearmongering..."
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How thick do you want that irony sliced, Mr. Adams?
Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger critiques Adams' opinion piece about the Chernobyl virus. "The one-time CEO of United Press Int'l says 'our best defense is sharing information -- not panic-inducing rumors and half-truths, but solid, verified knowledge.' Ironically, a fair amount of Adams' information seems to come from panic-inducing rumors (thanks to a couple of Asian bureaucrats) and unverified anecdotal evidence (thanks to unknown media sources)..."
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New twist on the Gulf War 'printer virus'
iDefense founder James Adams fell for the urban legend of the Gulf War 'printer virus' in his book on cyber-warfare. "Too bad he didn't do more research," Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger mused. "InfoWorld concocted the whole thing in 1991 as an April Fool's story..."
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