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April 2003

Reality AV: Infosec storylines make for good reality TV ideas

Reality TV...er...AV If what Jan Hruska says is true about hackers, we may have wasted years of effort and millions of dollars in defending against virus writers. In an interview with the Reuters news service, the CEO of antivirus vendor Sophos described the average virus writer as male, 14-34, obsessed with computers and unable to get a date. (This also describes a large number of security pros, which may explain why Hruska's comments sparked a rather lively debate. But I digress.) Assuming Hruska is correct, wouldn't a more proactive approach to the virus problem be hooking up these pathetic souls with a date? Here's the pitch, a reality show--on Fox, of course--"The Hacker Dating Game." You drag a bunch of pimply-faced hackers out of their mother's basements, give them a clean X-Files t-shirt and set them up with beautiful young women. Imagine, TV cameras would follow skin-pierced geeks and their playmates as they go to nightclubs, fine restaurants, skiing in Aspen and scuba diving in the Caribbean. Did I mention there will ...

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