Back in 2006 I wrote what turned out to be an award-winning piece (one of only two) for iWeek about how the security software industry has a habit of crying wolf (PDF) in its quest to peddle more software. And if one goes by a recent posting on, nothing has changed:

The Conficker-fed doomsday scenarios fed to us by security vendors and trade press has come and gone without the big disaster. The IT world on April 4 looks a lot like the IT world on March 31. It is almost disappointing, just as a forecasted winter storm that misses the mark – nobody wants to see property damaged, but a good storm is captivating and fun to watch. Conficker, also known as Downadup and Kido, was primed to start seeking its payload using a wider range of domains on April 1. The over-hyped storm has thus far turned into a dud, leaving the security industry looking clueless once again.

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