I’ve written before about the continuous growth in spin, FUD and disinformation that we can expect to experience in the Information Age. It’s a natural and inevitable consequence of networks. Rumours and misunderstandings can also be triggered or spread by exaggerations or innocent misinterpretations of facts.
A typical example in the information security world is the recent press reporting of the claim that malware may have been a contributory cause of a fatal Spanair crash that killed 154 people two years ago. Reading the initial reports in popular security blogs and online magazines provides an entirely different picture from the more considered, specialist analysis.
The lesson is that we should all think twice before jumping to conclusions from sensational press reports. The truth is out there somewhere, but it’s getting increasingly harder to find.