When Bad Tech Journalism Gets Worse


Rich Mogull



Don Reisinger at CNet published an article today that essentially accuses one of the stalwarts of the security industry of engaging in illegal activity. Gordon Lyon, also known as Fyodor, wrote nmap (among other accomplishments). He reposted an older Full Disclosure email by some researchers who created a botnet out of over 400,000 Internet connected devices.

Reisinger? He read that post, assumed Fyodor did the work, wrote an article about it without fact checking or interviewing anyone, and in that article stated that Gordon hacked those devices for “benign research”.

But that would be very illegal. And Fyodor had nothing to do with it. Reisinger wrote his article based completely on a repost of an email to Full Disclosure.

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