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Thomas Rid @RidT
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One more nail in the coffin of this story ... okay I'm making an exception now and will post angry
Bloomberg's "big hack" story is the single biggest cockup in infosec reporting that I know of. That's quite a statement, mind you, for there have been many cockups. Some big ones by the same reporters btw.
Before somebody says it yet again: yes, a supply-chain hack is possible in theory. That is not the point. Of course it is. The point is that there is NO EVIDENCE so far for an alleged operation that should by definition create hard evidence if it actually happened.
Okay why get angry? Because bogus infosec stories turn into infosec zombies—you can't kill them. Because this field has been sick of FUD for years already. Because "fake news" has become a slur. Because I'm finishing a history of disinformation that is messing with my head.
But really because FACTS are an incredible treasure if if you're working in science, in history, in intelligence, in law enforcement, in forensics, or investigative journalism—some of us obsess about the quality of evidence and tiny details all day long.
Why do corrections matter? Because admitting and correcting an error should really be an honor in professions that trade in facts. We all get things wrong sometimes, and we should respect those who admit their errors with precision even more.
So man up Bloomberg, face the facts if you think facts matter, get to the bottom of what went wrong here, stop wasting the time of so many people behind the scenes, and try to salvage your badly tarnished reputation in computer security reporting. /end rant, sorry
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