False Authority Syndrome
n. The tendency to assume that a person who is an expert in one field is also an expert in a related field.

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"One of the most respected international experts on computer virus myths and hoaxes is Rob Rosenberger. 'Many people in the computer field sound confident when they talk about computer viruses yet very few have adequate knowledge of this technically obscure subject,' he argues. 'Most fall prey to what some virus experts call 'False Authority Syndrome', and it contributes significantly to the spread of fear and myths about computer viruses.' "
—Michael Cunningham, "A case of False Virus Syndrome," The Irish Times

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