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Saturday, March 5, 2011

South Korea sites NOT attacked by virus!

Sorry for the pickiness, but today's New York Times story has a misleading (indeed bogus) headline: "In Cyberattack, Virus Infects 40 Web Sites in South Korea." Normally, the NYT has a fairly high journalism standard. I attribute this story to sloppy weekend fact-checking/editing. If you read the story, the sites were subjected to a DDos (Distributed Denial of Service) attack. This ain't a virus, and it's certainly not competent hacking. That I bring up this story at all isn't because readers of this blog don't know the difference between a virus and DDoS attacks, but because the NYT "everything that's fit to print" promise was stretched a bit. Come on guys, get with more professional reporting!

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