[Snort-sigs] [Emerging-Sigs] Off-topic - VRT Blog, "Rise of citizen cyberwarrior", criticism of the security efforts by the government.

L0rd Ch0de1m0rt l0rdch0de1m0rt at ...2420...
Mon Nov 29 21:45:55 EST 2010

Hello.  This is very interesting to me.  Mostly I appreciate the
passion of Matt Only and SourceFire but pulling this blog post makes
me wonder ... wtf ... I have seen other times when VRT blog posts have
been edited ... I'm thinking maybe someone in the US Govt. got upset
at this one?  I'm sure the other VRT blog edits are the result of more
marketing BS.

It is just sad to me when marketing/PR/PC gets in the way of
disseminating the true opinions/intelligence of security researchers.


-L0rd C.

On Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 3:58 PM, Guise McAllaster
<guise.mcallaster at ...2420...> wrote:
> Hi Sourcefire, why did you pull the political rant on the VRT blog on Nov 23
> ranting about Howard Schmidt, the government, and other gems titled "Rise of
> citizen cyberwarrior"?
> Used to be here,
> http://vrt-sourcefire.blogspot.com/2010/11/rise-of-citizen-cyberwarrior.html
> with a cached version at http://www.security.nl/files/cache.aspx.htm
> You anger one of your customers again and have to pull it?  I'd like to
> think it could have been the inflammatory statements regarding the US
> Government and the self-masturbatory statements about "cyberwarriors" didn't
> bode too well coming from a "VRT blog" officially supported by Sourcefire.
> I do like this gem, 'The boots on the ground in this fight aren't combat
> boots. They are Birkenstocks and Chucks.'
> I also enjoyed 'Besides, it is fun to watch them work on "Cyber Security
> Awareness Month", which is about as effective as warning labels on
> cigarettes.'
> I'm curious, is the opinion stated in this VRT article, posted on the VRT
> blog, the official opinion that Sourcefire has regarding the involvement of
> government and other organized entities in the security field?  I sure hope
> some of your customers didn't see that.
> Hell, could have just been an accident and Olney confused the VRT blog with
> Facebook, MySpace, or other Internet-exhibitionism sources of self-pleasure
> (again).
> Guise (who is French but does not hate America)
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