Monday, May 14, 2007

Security: Thumb sucking, slurping, snarfing…Excuse me?

The Dictionary of Wacky Security Threat TermsRemember when thumb sucking was considered an innocent activity, except that if you did it as a young child you might need braces as a teen? Today you’d need a lot more than a mouthful of metal to protect from thumb sucking.

This phrase is one of the latest in a new genre of IT terminology: Wacky Security Threat Terms. While the incidents described by such terms are indeed serious, security vendors and others have broken the rules of spelling and relied upon double entendres to develop this new collection of buzz words that succinctly refer to the latest threats, with the hope that giving the threat a memorable tag will raise awareness.
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