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The most important IT qualification is an IT education, since experience without foundational education is meaningless; having worked unqualified for years is not itself a qualification, just a condemnation of the employer. For writers, the most important advice has always been "write what you know", including going to college to study the subject you are going to write about, not journalism or communications. For democracy to work, the media is supposed to keep the public, government, and business well-informed. Further, readers assume that IT writers are qualified to talk about IT so writers talking about IT without being qualified is fraud, particularly when the writers conspicuously don't give their IT education qualifications. An IT education means a BS or better (for higher positions) in an IT subject like computer science or electrical engineering (ideally both) from a good university. See Stop IT Incompetence page.

Trading security for IT incompetent diversity is a fool's bargain. See Stop IT Incompetence page.

A foreigner working in American IT is suspect, particularly in regards to qualifications and security; it makes one IT incompetent. And foreigners taking American jobs is just wrong. A foreign writer should not write for Americans because he cannot know what Americans think and feel about IT issues like censorship, privacy, and foreigners taking American jobs, like IT writing. See Stop IT Incompetence page.

Alphabetical by organization, then alphabetical by last name of individual in the organization. Or just "Find". See also the other wings of the IT Incompetents Hall of Shame: Government ITIHOS or Business ITIHOS.

The IT Incompetents Hall of Shame will be continuously updated and there are enough IT incompetents to last for a long time to come; check back often.

Breitbart British fake tech reporter Allum Bokhari.

Allum Bokhari



Breitbart senior tech reporter.

No IT education. Only a BA in history/politics.

Foreigner: British. From, lives, and works in Britain.

Bokhari writes about American IT for Americans but has no IT education and as a Brit in Britain cannot know what Americans think and feel about IT issues like censorship, privacy, and foreigners taking American jobs, like IT writing.

Breitbart Irish fake tech reporter Neil Munro.

Neil Munro



Breitbart tech reporter.

No IT education. Only a BA in politics/history from University College Dublin and an MA in history from King's College London (British colleges are well-known for Russian agents).

Foreigner: Irish.

Munro is a national security risk. From his LinkedIn page: "I migrated from Ireland, and in the blink of an eye, I was walking around the Pentagon, writing about C3I programs, the Joint Staff, new weaponry and secret programs. ... I unveiled a bunch of secret programs, including a polar-orbiting, missile‐tracking satellite, and the Navy's test stealth‐ship. ... I sat in the NSA director's chair. Only in America." Munro writes about American IT for Americans but has no IT education and as an Irishman cannot know what Americans think and feel about IT issues like censorship, privacy, and foreigners taking American jobs, like IT writing.

Breitbart British fake tech reporter Charlie Nash.

Charlie Nash



Breitbart tech reporter.

No IT education. Didn't even go to college.

Foreigner: British. From, lives, and works in Britain.

Nash writes about American IT for Americans but has no IT education and as a Brit in Britain cannot know what Americans think and feel about IT issues like censorship, privacy, and foreigners taking American jobs, like IT writing.

Breitbart Irish fake tech reporter Lucas Nolan.

Lucas Nolan



Breitbart tech reporter.

No IT education. Only a BA in journalism from the obscure Dublin Business School.

Foreigner: Irish. From, lives, and works in Ireland.

Nolan writes about American IT for Americans but has no IT education and as an Irishman in Ireland cannot know what Americans think and feel about IT issues like censorship, privacy, and foreigners taking American jobs, like IT writing.

CBS British fake tech reporter Zack Whittaker.

Zack Whittaker



CBS tech reporter.

No IT education. Only a BA in criminology and social policy from the very-low-ranked University of Kent.

Foreigner: British.

Whittaker writes about American IT for Americans but has no IT education and as a Brit cannot know what Americans think and feel about IT issues like censorship, privacy, and foreigners taking American jobs, like IT writing.

Fox News fake tech reporter John Brandon.

John Brandon



Fox News tech reporter.

No IT education. Only a BA in journalism.

When you have IT incompetent tech editors like James Rogers, you of course end up with IT incompetent tech reporters like Brandon.

Fox News fake tech reporter Christopher Carbone.

Christopher Carbone



Fox News tech reporter.

No IT education. Only a BA in English (the "Do you want fries with that?" major) and an MA in journalism (where he achieved "passed all courses").

When you have IT incompetent tech editors like James Rogers, you of course end up with IT incompetent tech reporters like Carbone. Carbone recently worked (for real, not for a story) as a farmer, where he "composted regularly" and "cared for the chickens" (you can't make this stuff up). That makes him as qualified to be a tech reporter as having a BA in English.

Fox News fake tech reporter Chris Ciaccia.

Chris Ciaccia



Fox News tech reporter.

No IT education. Only a BS in finance.

When you have IT incompetent tech editors like James Rogers, you of course end up with IT incompetent tech reporters like Ciaccia.

Fox News fake tech reporter Brooke Crothers.

Brooke Crothers



Fox News tech reporter.

No IT education. Only a BA in political science.

When you have IT incompetent tech editors like James Rogers, you of course end up with IT incompetent tech reporters like Crothers.

Fox News fake tech writer and editor James Rogers.

James Rogers



Fox News tech reporter and editor.

No IT education. Only a BA in English literature and history from the low-ranked University of Leeds.

Foreigner: British.

Rogers writes about American IT for Americans but has no IT education and as a Brit cannot know what Americans think and feel about IT issues like censorship, privacy, and foreigners taking American jobs, like IT writing. Besides being an IT incompetent reporter himself, as editor Rogers hires IT incompetent and foreign contributors, like John Brandon, Christopher Carbone, Chris Ciaccia, Brooke Crothers, PC Magazine's Dan Costa and Michael Kan, and reporters at The Sun (a British tabloid).

Guardian fake IT reporter Glenn Greenwald.

Glenn Greenwald



Guardian newspaper reporter, and author of the book No Place To Hide, about traitor and NSA incompetent IT tech Edward Snowden. Now at the disreputable Intercept, funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar (an Iranian born in Paris).

No IT education. Only a BA in philosophy and a JD (law degree). IT incompetent by his own admission (No Place To Hide).

Expatriate: lives in Brazil. The Guardian is British.

Greenwald wrote a blog about the NSA, which mostly does IT, even though he was IT incompetent. In what has been called the worst espionage incident in U.S. history, he and The Guardian accepted highly-classified NSA documents from traitor and NSA incompetent IT tech Edward Snowden. As a lawyer Greenwald would almost certainly object to someone without a legal education practicing law, but to make his story, and career, he falsely portrayed high school dropout Edward Snowden as an IT expert.

New York Times fake cybersecurity reporter Sheera Frenkel.

Sheera Frenkel



New York Times (NYT) cybersecurity reporter. Previously a long-time Middle East foreign correspondent.

No IT education. Only a BS in journalism.

Frenkel's cybersecurity qualifications according to her: "She has said that her time as a foreign correspondent aids her coverage of cybersecurity: People are always speaking different languages and their motivations are often unclear." Huh? Because she didn't understand people while she was a foreign correspondent, she is qualified to report on cybersecurity because she doesn't understand that either? Unfortunately, the NYT is often used by other IT incompetent news sources as their cybersecurity reporting because it is wrongly assumed the prestigious New York Times would have IT competent cybersecurity reporters.

New York Times fake cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth.

Nicole Perlroth



New York Times (NYT) cybersecurity reporter.

No IT education. Only a BA in politics and Near Eastern studies and an MA in communications (the dumb jock major not telecommunications).

Perlroth doesn't even know enough about cybersecurity to protect herself and her family, never mind inform the government and public about national security. Photo taken from her Facebook page (Nicole P. Thompson), where she offers photos and videos of her husband, child, and other family, along with plenty of other details that endanger her and them, like locations she might be at. Her greatest cybersecurity story was one written for Harvey Weinstein for TV. Perlroth has a movie deal with Sony. Did she illegally give Sony a pass in reporting on their data breach? Do the NYT and SEC know? Unfortunately, the NYT is often used by other IT incompetent news sources as their cybersecurity reporting because it is wrongly assumed the prestigious New York Times would have IT competent cybersecurity reporters.

New York Times fake CTO (including cybersecurity) Nick Rockwell.

Nick Rockwell



New York Times (NYT) Chief Technology Officer (CTO). As Rockwell says,"Responsible for all technical product development, operations, and infrastructure", which includes cybersecurity. When there is only a CTO, as at the NYT, she is equivalent to a CIO or CISO or both; CTO is often used because CIO or CISO are usually IT incompetent and associated with ruining companies.

No IT education. Only a BA in literary theory.

Rockwell applies his BA in literary theory to cybersecurity at one of the world's foremost hacking targets. The denouement of this farce is a fait accompli.

PC Magazine fake reporter and editor-in-chief Dan Costa.

Dan Costa



PC Magazine reporter and editor-in-chief.

No IT education. Only a BS/BA in magazine journalism and political science (twice as unqualified!).

Besides being an IT incompetent reporter himself, as editor-in-chief Costa hires IT incompetent and foreign reporters, like Michael Kan. Unfortunately, PC Magazine is also used by IT incompetent news sources, like Fox News, because people assume that IT magazines are written by the IT competent, those with IT educations.

PC Magazine fake cybersecurity reporter Michael Kan.

Michael Kan



PC Magazine cybersecurity reporter.

No IT education. Only a BA in history and Asian studies.

Has lived, studied, and worked in China. Fluent in Chinese.

From Kan's LinkedIn page: "I cover cybersecurity, tech news and my articles appear in PCMag. Prior to that, I covered China's IT industry from Beijing." Kan's background proves he is not interested in IT, only in feeding his pride in his heritage and aggrandizing China. The Chinese government would not have allowed an American cybersecurity reporter to stay in China if they thought he was going to critically report on Chinese state-sponsored hacking, which is the only real cybersecurity story in China and what Kan should have been reporting on. In wars, the media is considered part of the war effort so infiltrating your enemy's media is critical. Today, war is all about IT so infiltrating the IT media is critical. When you have IT incompetent tech editors like PC Magazine's Dan Costa, you of course end up with IT incompetent tech reporters like Kan. Unfortunately, PC Magazine is used by IT incompetent news sources like Fox News as their tech reporting because people assume that IT magazines are written by the IT competent, those with IT educations.

Reuters fake cybersecurity reporter Christopher Bing.

Christopher Bing



Reuters cybersecurity reporter. Until recently worked for FedScoop/CyberScoop, which is just a mouthpiece for IT incompetent government agencies and the IT incompetent businesses that run them.

No IT education. Only a BA in political science and government & democratic studies.

When you have IT incompetent cybersecurity editors like Jim Finkle, you of course end up with IT incompetent cybersecurity reporters like Bing. Unfortunately, Reuters is often used by other IT incompetent news sources as their cybersecurity reporting because it is wrongly assumed the prestigious Reuters would have IT competent cybersecurity reporters.

Reuters fake cybersecurity and tech reporter and editor Jim Finkle.

Jim Finkle



Reuters cybersecurity and tech reporter and editor.

No IT education. Only a BA in journalism and an MA in East Asian studies.

Reporting on election cybersecurity, Finkle chose, as his cybersecurity expert to quote, Yahoo-then-Facebook data breach CISO Alex Stamos. He didn't even interview Stamos, he just used some of Stamos's tweets. These days all IT reporters do is sit and look at Twitter and Facebook and think because they do this on a computer (actually their cell phones) they are IT experts. Besides being an IT incompetent reporter himself, as editor Finkle hires IT incompetent reporters like Christopher Bing. Unfortunately, Reuters is often used by other IT incompetent news sources as their cybersecurity reporting because it is wrongly assumed the prestigious Reuters would have IT competent cybersecurity reporters.

Wall Street Journal fake cybersecurity reporter Robert McMillan.

Robert McMillan



Wall Street Journal (WSJ) cybersecurity reporter.

No IT education. Only a BA in English from the low-ranked York University in Canada.

Foreigner: Canadian. Until recently the WSJ Editor-in-Chief was British, Gerard Baker.

Reporting on election cybersecurity, McMillan completely missed the real story: the voting machine and HealthCare.gov cybersecurity fiascos were the fault of the same man, ES&S and HHS fake CISO Chris Wlaschin. Unfortunately, The Wall Street Journal is often used by other IT incompetent news sources as their cybersecurity reporting because it is wrongly assumed the prestigious WSJ would have IT competent cybersecurity reporters.

Wall Street Journal fake cybersecurity reporter Dustin Volz.

Dustin Volz



Wall Street Journal (WSJ) cybersecurity reporter.

No IT education. Only a BA in journalism and history and an MMC (Master of Mass Communication).

Reporting on election cybersecurity, Volz completely missed the real story: the voting machine and HealthCare.gov cybersecurity fiascos were the fault of the same man, ES&S and HHS fake CISO Chris Wlaschin. Unfortunately, The Wall Street Journal is often used by other IT incompetent news sources as their cybersecurity reporting because it is wrongly assumed the prestigious WSJ would have IT competent cybersecurity reporters.