Thought for the day: Stop crying virus wolf

Wednesday, 6 August 2003, 9:40 AM EST

The critical role that the media plays in circulating information about potential vulnerabilities puts the security industry in a position of responsibility. It has a duty to provide accurate facts that can help businesses make informed decisions about current threats.

Unfortunately, there have been several incidents where threats have been overblown to make a more interesting story.

Take for example the Anthrax (or Antrax) worm. Coinciding with the Anthrax scares in the US, one security supplier released a media advisory warning of this piece of malicious code. In reality, this virus could be detected by reputable anti-virus software for months prior to the release. As a result the virus never spread in the wild.

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