[Vmyths.com ALERT] Follow-up on latest cyber-terror prediction

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    Russian news agency MosNews now reports "there was no terrorist attack on the Internet on August 26" as had been predicted. According to Kaspersky Labs spokesman Alex Zernov, "media reports had attracted huge attention to this information and caused users to strengthen security measures. 'This made [the scheduled cyber-terror launch] date less favorable for the attack,' Zernov said. 'Terrorists are not in a hurry because of such a serious reaction,' he added."

    MosNews follow-up story with photo:

    Vmyths coverage of the cyber-terror prediction:

    MosNews claims Zernov spoke directly to them. If they correctly reported Zernov's comments, then Vmyths insists he is sorely mistaken on two major points.

    First, only the Russian media focused "huge attention" on the predicted cyber-terror event. Computer security firms, government agencies, and mainstream global newswire services didn't warn of an alleged threat. Second, Vmyths has seen NO objective evidence to suggest computer users strengthened their security measures on or around 26 August.

    Computer security fearmongers almost always applaud the media for "getting the word out" after their predictions flop. If MosNews correctly reported Zernov's comments, then it suggests Kaspersky Labs may be trying to backpedal with the Russian press. This in turn would imply the antivirus firm engaged in a much larger publicity stunt on 24 August than Vmyths first suspected.

    On a lighter note: MosNews published their follow-up story with a photo of "Chechen terrorist Shamil Basayev" using a laptop in an unidentified woodland area. Basayev has threatened to launch "kamikaze" attacks in Russia, but Vmyths found nothing to suggest the warlord will mastermind a cyber-terror event in the near future.

    Stay calm. Stay reasoned. And stay tuned to Vmyths.

    Rob Rosenberger, editor

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