The publication to run this fiction was Wired, long one of those august organisations that feeds the schlock machine. When I saw the headline — The elite Microsoft hacker team that keeps Windows PCs safe — I almost choked on my morning coffee.
The spiel that is being spouted is that Microsoft has got ace hackers probing Windows to find vulnerabilities so that you, gentle reader, can rest easy and not worry.
Take it from one who has been following this company for at least the last 25 years: even if every security expert on the planet was probing Windows for defects 24 hours a day for years on end, they would not be able to fix its issues. It is something like Swiss cheese – can anyone plug all the holes?
Microsoft has made the list of vulnerabilities that much more difficult to read, but it needn't have bothered. Much in the same way that one would not report that the sun rose in the East this morning, one does not bother with the Microsoft vulnerabilities anymore. They are there, in big numbers, and if you continue to use Windows, then you are playing with fire.
Windows has design defects in it too, that make the operating system ridiculously easy to exploit and the company isn't interested in fixing those issues.
Given these facts, if any journalist is going to write about how Microsoft looks after Windows security, then please write a novel. A work of fiction. Else, you end up looking like a stenographer.
Here's something which I wrote 13 years ago. The tone of the article which I criticised was similar to the one in Wired, a clueless exercise in spin by someone who clearly has swallowed the Kool Aid from Redmond.
Windows and security do not fit in the same sentence and not even in the same book. The sooner people learn that, the better for all concerned.