Ett säkerhetslarm är inte alltid ett säkerhetslarm

Rich Mogull:

Many security vendors provide the computing community an invaluable service by releasing vulnerability and exploit information uncovered by their research and incident response teams. While this information is incredibly helpful in learning about and evaluating new security threats, it also comes with a dark side: Vendor marketing departments often see these discoveries as a great way to scare people into buying their products.

They issue press releases to draw as much attention to problems as possible, hoping they will bring more users to their products (since they can always, of course, protect against the new risk). These releases would fade into the ether if it weren’t for a press hungry for readers. Everyone loves a good scare story, and it becomes the digital media equivalent of “if it bleeds, it leads.”

(Via Daring Fireball)

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