Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The worst kind of "Journalism" (FAIL)

Report: Google China Hack Might Be Inside Job

3:40 PM - January 19, 2010 by Marcus Yam

Washington sends "diplomatic note" to China asking for an explanation on Google hacking incident.

As the topic of Google and China litter the headlines, we continually wonder whether or not the search giant will continue business in the censorship-filled country. But before Google can go any further, it needs to investigate what happened when it had its networks attacked by hackers.

New wire Reuters today published a story that cites its own sources as saying that the hacking of the networks may have been an inside job.

"The sources, who are familiar with the situation, told Reuters that the attack, which targeted people who have access to specific parts of Google networks, may have been facilitated by people working in Google China's office."

Security analysts also told Reuters that the malicious software used in the hack was a trojan called Hydraq.

This is a prime example of why journalism FAILS!  Starting with a very poor headline which is little more than sensational innuendo.  Followed by an equally misleading "authoritative" third-party "expert" quote.  Finished with the FAIL coup de grace, the driveling assignment of blame, a trojan.

In light of the ethnic and national origins of this story I hesitate to use the term but this is a serious case of ...

Yellow journalism is a type of journalism that downplays legitimate news in favor of eye-catching headlines that sell more newspapers. It may feature exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, sensationalism, or unprofessional practices by news media organizations or journalists.

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