Can't we all just get along and do our part? Must we engage in all this "finger pointing"? - Vendors fault? Anti-virus industry running on fear and dodgy statistics - Virus experts blame other virus experts 29 August 2003 http://www.silicon.com/news/500013/14/5784.html "Anti-virus experts say the metrics surrounding the spread of computer viruses and worms leave a lot to be desired, and have criticised some companies for attempting to capitalise on fear, uncertainty and doubt. - Chy Chuawiwat...mail filtering software...Clearswift...said some of the data he's seen companies release just doesn't add up. 'Why is no-one questioning them?' he asked. 'The industry is running on fear, uncertainty, doubt and unsubstantiated statistics.'...He saw the estimated distribution figures from...vendors incrementing by 50,000 in sequential updates...no way that data could be backed up... - Computer Associates' head of anti-virus research and development, Dr Eugene Dozortsev...'Somehow we have to keep the balance between alerting the users to something that we think is going to be a problem, but on the other hand not to alert people to things that don't go anywhere,' he said...The company must be careful not to cry wolf. 'We try to be very responsible...We try not to over-alert people.'..." - End-users fault? Computer hackers costing businesses billions August 29, 2003 http://www.ds-osac.org/print.cfm?key=7E4555444257&type=2B170C1E0A3A0F162820 "WASHINGTON - Security firms say the SOBIG.F e-mail virus has only added to this year's already big bill for fighting hacker attacks. It's cost as much as $3 billion in lost productivity...The cost of fighting all the worms and viruses this year could top last year's $11 billion. "I've been working with computer viruses for 12 to 13 years, the last two weeks have been the worst years of my career," said Mikko Hypponen, head researcher with F-Secure, a company that sells anti-virus software... - According to one survey, 61 percent of consumers haven't updated their anti-virus software recently and 50 percent said they update monthly..."