[LINK] RE: [Oz-ISP] Code Red (again!): call to lurking journos
Thu, 2 Aug 2001 21:17:42 +1000
The mainstream media are completely unaware of the real problem with
Code Red and other viruses, and so rely on sensationalist press releases
from antivirus vendors with a real interest in selling more product.
This is why mainstream media was running tips on how to avoid Code Red,
and why they invariably show talking heads from the vendors when less
biased sources would have had something more helpful to say.
Unfortunately that's how the news sometimes gets out there, and when it
comes to tech many mainstream journos don't have the skills to filter
the truth from the marketing.
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Saliya
Sent: Thursday, 2 August 2001 8:47 AM
Subject: [Oz-ISP] Code Red (again!): call to lurking journos
"Code Red" has, of course, hit the news.
It would have been good to 'get it right' to begin with; but it's not
Here are two sound-bites that you can *and should* use when reporting on
"Code Red ONLY affects Microsoft Windows machines running Microsoft
Internet Information Server."
"MOST home-users will not be running Microsoft Internet Information
Server, so they should not be at risk"
I haven't seen "Microsoft" or "IIS" mentioned in ANY of the news reports
about this virus, which can mean one of two things:
1) you don't know the truth
2) you're scared to tell the truth
- (1) has been removed from the list of options. Who's going to be a
*real* journalist ?
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