Truth About Computer Security Hysteria
Perhaps CIH didn't wipe out so many PCs after allRob Rosenberger, Vmyths co-founder
Thursday, 6 May 1999
PERHAPS CIH DIDN'T permanently wipe out as many computers as the media originally feared. Look at these recent announcements:
In the final analysis, the media crowned Mao Xinwei as a virus expert because CIH destroyed his computers. Mind you, reporters often reprint the "do as I say, not as I do" advice of people whose computers succumb to viruses.
The media hailed Monirul Islam Sharif as a virus expert because he restored data on two computers using a dinky little program written on a lark for a friend. This kid makes a boastful claim about his utility: "it can retrieve data much more quickly and efficiently than any of the other customized software of multinational computer giants available on the Internet." Dhaka University professor Rafiqul Islam backs Sharif's claims, noting "with his software you can recover lost data within a few minutes... while it takes hours by others."
Mao & Sharif promised to offer their utilities via the Internet. I'd gladly provide links to them -- but I didn't find anything as of today. An Internet search for the teacher came up cold; however, a search for the student yielded an interesting match. It seems a friend of Sharif's calls him "one the best two programmers in Bangladesh." Makes you want to know the name of the other programmer, doesn't it?
We can assume Professor Islam studied Sharif's comparison tests before he backed the student's boastful claims. Someone should ask the good professor how PowerQuest fared. Man, I'd love to see the data from those tests.