David’s Take: Nasty journalists
Yesterday’s newsletter had the story of a young British security researcher who saved many IT admins’ jobs by killing off WannaCry instances. He was outed (the term of art is “doxxed”) by the tabloids. Here is a dude who doesn't want the limelight (because he is trying to catch cyber villains) forced into it. A sad moment indeed.
And then there is the story last week about Gizmodo who took it upon themselves as a research project to identify 15 prominent figures on Trump's team. Each was sent phishing emails posing as friends, family members, or associates. The emails contained a fake Google Docs link that didn’t contain malware but would report who opened it. Eight people clicked on the link, but none actually entered any credentials. Ars has some harsh words for this project, and I would tend to agree with them and thank them for pointing this out. Since when did journalists become so nasty with their tech reporting? Shame on all of them.
-- David Strom, editor of Inside Security