Fwd: IP: it's time the media started labeling these viruses correctly!
As this board is involved in nomenclature issues, I thought this
worth passing along.
I, for one, agree with Jim.
PS. I did a little statistical work on virus counts as part of a
local discussion group. Of the 60000 or so known viruses, worms,
etc., about 55,000 of them are Microsoft-specific. 31 are for the
Macintosh, and about 5 are for Unix/Linux. Simply FYI. Imagine
if we were to do CVE entries for each?
>Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 19:58:35 -0400
>From: Dave Farber <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: IP: it's time the media started labeling these viruses correctly!
>>Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 16:50:07 -0800
>>To: email@example.com (Dave Farber), firstname.lastname@example.org
>>From: Jim Warren <email@example.com>
>>Subject: it's time the media started labeling these viruses correctly!
>>[Also blind-cc'ed to others. Recirculate freely.]
>>The media didn't call the World Trade Towers bomb, "the Ryder Truck bomb."
>>They didn't call the Unibomber bombs, "US Postal Service bombs."
>>They should stop mislabeling computer viruses by their *innocent* carrier
>>-- the Internet.
>>They should start labeling them what they are: "Microsoft Outlook Express
>>virus" or "Microsoft Explorer virus" or "Microsoft Word macro virus
>>(reputedly the single largest source of viruses for years!)."
>>Or more briefly -- and accurately -- just call each one, "the latest
>>Let's ask the major media, below, for some *truth* in labeling -- giving
>>"credit" where credit really is due. Let's ask them to stop shooting the
>>messenger, and start naming the real origin -- the errors and dangers that
>>Microsoft has built into its products for *years*.
>>CBS: http://cbsnews.cbs.com/ and click on "Feedback" in the lefthand column
>>NBC: Nightly News, email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
>>Fox: News Channel, email to: email@example.com
>>Fox Digital: email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
>>NEW YORK TIMES: "Letters" Editor, email to: email@example.com
>>WASHINGTON POST: email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> and click on http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/opinion/letterstotheeditor/
>>LOS ANGELES TIMES: http://www.latimes.com/siteservices/talk_contacts.htm
>>WALL STREET JOURNAL: "Letters" Editor, email to: email@example.com
>>--jim, Jim Warren; firstname.lastname@example.org
>>Contributing Editor & technology public-policy columnist, MicroTimes Magazine
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>>James Madison Freedom-of-Information Award, Soc.of Prof.Journalists-Nor.Calif
>>founded InfoWorld; the Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conferences;
>>etc etc etc.]