07 October 2009

Media Spin

Recently there was a major phishing attack that got 20,000 something email users/suckers to share their passwords. These were then published on a developer forum for everyone to see.

It was a big story in online news, but the writers used the words "were compromised" and "were leaked" and made it sound as if it were a flaw in the software. When you email a phisher your password, it's not a leak; it's an idiot. But "20,000 Idiots" would only fit as an Onion headline.

I read several stories and they all made it sound like this, as if Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, and others were the ones to blame. It kind of makes me mad. I hate the news.