This requires a Paranoia Hat to be put on.
A bit of all three?
Hype: Like in the old days when <satire>Peter Norton and John McAfee were sitting on a beach somewhere smoking big fat cubans, drinking margaritas, and having someone launch viru$ after viru$. Cha-Ching.</satire> There are players who would benefit from huge sales of equipment for protection. I read the Cisco Kid is getting in other areas of the computer world since core business sales are a bit down.
Fear on purpose: Why not? The article forgot an important player who is also a Nation State Agency. hint hint, nudge, nudge. What better way to get to have whatever law passed. Remember 911 and the Patriot Act. Remember those rights you had? What better way to test your own defences and blame it on the "enemy". Now if they have not tested their own defences they are not doing their job for which they are paid to do.
Truth: If the "enemy" is not testing the defences if its "enemies" then it also is not doing its job... and where is the Cisco Kid having all his stuff made?
Ah yes thanks for the reminder. The "White Hats" at that unnamed Nation State Agency would also test its "enemies" defences.
Edited by bobbb, 26 September 2016 - 12:50 PM.