Last night, I watched a 60 Minutes episode on CNBC which explored the danger foreign hackers pose to the US, especially to the banking industry, the government, and the power grid. The story (which seemed to be pieced together from stories originally aired on 11/08/09 and 3/27/09) highlighted the rapid spread of the conficker worm, which even infected the station’s network during the production of the show.
They interviewed an exec from a popular security company who, not surprisingly, explained the need for his companies products. The 60 Minutes crew completely fails to explain the best and cheapest way to avoid the danger: don’t use Microsoft Windows. The media never seems to grasp there are alternatives, like Linux, that will protect you from 99% of the malware without the need for special security software. Are these media outfits on the Microsoft and Symantec payroll or are they just not doing a thorough reporting job? The answer is yes to both.
Media ignores Linux because Microsoft is a major advertiser and they don’t want to lose millions of dollars in ad revenue. Another reason is most people producing these stories are ignorant of Linux and the technical issues involved. The OS (operating system) is never even mentioned. Wake up and smell the conspiracy, folks. You can and should ditch Microsoft Windows and use Linux – it’s faster, more secure, and free.