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Conficker hype may have harmed security efforts

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"Media hype leading up to the Conficker worm’s April 1 update may have distracted computer users from other dangerous security threats, the FBI’s cybersecurity chief said here Thursday.

"For the general public to focus [only] on Conficker, I think that is actually a bit of a problem for us as a society," Shawn Henry, assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division, said in a speech at the RSA security conference. "There are dozens of Conficker-like threats and vulnerabilities out there. While the media stories helped to raise awareness, I think that focusing people on that particular aspect perhaps took away their attention from the overall threat, which is just as great or greater than Conficker itself."" – Content courtesy of Conficker hype may have harmed security efforts, FBI cyber chief says

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Chris April 27, 2009 at 9:16 AM

I am on-board with this analysis. Seems like everyone is so worried about the remote hackers that they forget that they are more likely to get snookered by a black hat neighbor kid who actually has a reason to hack in.

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