Truth About Computer Security Hysteria
Picture.EXE in the newsRob Rosenberger, Vmyths co-founder
Thursday, 7 January 1999
I GOT SWAMPED with email concerning the MSNBC "Picture.EXE" story. I don't know why reporter Bob Sullivan printed old news — AOL has known about password-stealing programs for years. Perhaps Sullivan believed the "Picture.EXE" filename made it a fresh story?
Then again, 2.8 trillion other filenames might also contain a virus or Trojan horse. We might end up reading an MSNBC story about each one! I can't remember 2.8 trillion filenames, so I boiled it down to just two sentences:
Beware any file sent by someone you don't know. Beware any file sent by someone you DO know.
It works for me. I hope it works for you, too. Remember: computer security alerts never die, they just get a new life-cycle...