Indeed, the Real World (TM), where corporations selling/nursing expensive but faulty products/systems prefer to shoot down any messengers of doom as a short-term fix. Sure, the researchers wanted to get some kudos in the white-hat community, just as the company wanted not to have to admit that their equipment was less than fit for purpose, or develop and roll out a fix. Or to put it another way:
It's not my job to run the train, the whistle I can't blow,
It's not my job to tell how far the train's allowed to go,
It's not my job to let off steam, nor even clang the bell,
But watch the damned thing jump the tracks and see who catches Hell!