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Anti-virus products are rubbish, says Imperva

A study released in December by US security outfit Imperva has tipped a bucket on the multi-billion-dollar anti-virus industry, claiming that initial detection rates are as low as five percent, and concluding that enterprise and consumer anti-virus spend “is not proportional to its effectiveness”. Working in conjunction with …

Freebie virus scan biz punts belt-and-braces security for suits

Malwarebytes, the anti-virus firm best known for its freebie scanner software, branched out into the enterprise with the launch of corporate products on Monday. Malwarebytes Enterprise Edition (MEE) is designed to catch malware that other anti-virus programs sometimes miss, including some strains of blended attacks (for example …
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2012
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Leaked docs reveal power of malware-for-government product 'FinFisher'

A string of documents detailing the operations and effectiveness of the FinFisher suite of surveillance platforms appears to have been leaked. The documents, some dated 4 April this year, detail the anti-virus detection rates of the FinFisher spyware which German based Gamma Group sold to governments and law enforcement agencies …
Darren Pauli, 05 Aug 2014
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Bummed-out users give anti-virus bloatware the boot

One in four users turned off their anti-virus protection in response to performance problems after they installed security software, according to a survey by security software firm Avira. The poll of users of the German anti-virus outfit, which like AVG and Avast offers free security software to consumers, also found that more …
John Leyden, 20 Dec 2010
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Win 2000 anti-virus products fail independent tests

Many big-name anti-virus products failed to secure Windows 2000 in recent independent tests. Seventeen out of 32 products tested - including packages from Trend Micro, Kaspersky, Norman and Sophos - failed to reach the standard required for VB100 certification. A total of 13 products failed to spot threats known to be …
John Leyden, 04 Dec 2007
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Panda soups up freebie cloud anti-virus

Panda Security has improved the functionality of its free cloud-based anti-malware service and launched a new commercial version, Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro. The paid-for version, which costs from $29.95, offers expanded support and automation. Panda said nearly 10 million users have used Panda Cloud Antivirus (the free version …
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2010
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Most security products not up to scratch

Only four per cent (one in 25) information security products pass muster when first tested under a widely-used industry kitemark scheme. Most products require two or more cycles of testing before achieving certification, according to security testing outfit ICSA Labs. ICSA Labs, which has tested anti-virus and firewall products …
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2009
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Anti-virus defences even shakier than feared

Anti-virus technologies may be even more ineffective than feared, if a controversial new study is to be believed. A study by web intelligence firm Cyveillance found that, on average, vendors detect less than 19 per cent of malware attacks on the first day malware appears in the wild. Even after 30 days, detection rates improved …
John Leyden, 09 Aug 2010
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Top vendors flunk Vista anti-virus tests

Security vendors including CA and Symantec failed to secure Windows systems without fault in recent independent tests. Twelve of the 35 anti-virus products put through their paces by independent security certification body Virus Bulletin failed to make the grade for one reason or another and therefore failed to achieve the VB100 …
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2009
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Cyber crims smash through Windows into the great beyond

Windows has been a beleaguered piece of software over the years. That is because malicious hackers, like everyone else, want to walk the simplest path to the greatest glory. Microsoft’s operating system has been the most popular one for the past 20 years, so it has attracted the most malware. One IT professional told The …
Tom Brewster, 29 May 2014
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New ransomware strain forces hapless users into becoming Bitcoin miners

Scammers are punting a strain of ransomware that puts compromised PCs to work mining Bitcoins after blocking all other activity on infected Windows computers. A new variant of the Reveton ransomware, spotted by researchers at Malwarebytes, locks a user out of their computer before running a Bitcoin miner. This means the …
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2013
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Trend, Sophos and McAfee flunk Vista SP1 anti-virus tests

Top tier anti-virus vendors including McAfee, Trend Micro, and Sophos all failed to secure Windows Vista SP1 in recent independent tests. Virus Bulletin, the independent security certification body, said 17 of 37 anti-virus products tested failed to reach the VB100 certification standard. McAfee VirusScan, Trend Micro Internet …
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2008

Symantec: Don't blame us for New York Times hack

Symantec has taken the unusual step of commenting on a story about a customer, issuing a robust statement denying its anti-virus products were to blame for sophisticated targeted attack on the New York Times. The Gray Lady revealed yesterday that it had been persistently attacked for four months by China-based cyber insurgents. …
Phil Muncaster, 01 Feb 2013
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Facebook offers just a week of free Android AV

Facebook has extended its security program, adding another seven vendors to the list of folks offering free anti-virus software through its AV Marketplace and also including Android security products for the first time. But one of the Android malware zappers, McAfee’s Mobile Security, is free for just seven days, a far shorter …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2012
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Anti-virus suites still can't block Google China attack

The vast majority of consumer anti-virus products are still failing to block the Operation Aurora exploits used in the high profile attack against Google and other blue-chip firms last December, according to independent tests. NSS Labs evaluated the effectiveness of seven popular consumer endpoint security products to see which …
John Leyden, 16 Mar 2010

False positives run amok in Vista anti-virus tests

The first independent tests of anti-malware products on 64-bit Windows Vista revealed a rash of false positives. Of the 20 products submitted for testing to independent security certification body Virus Bulletin, six generated false positives when scanning a set of known clean files. As a result, the product failed to earn …
John Leyden, 03 Aug 2007
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Anti-virus vulnerabilities strike again

Users of McAfee’s anti-virus products were warned this week of a potentially serious security vulnerability. The bug - unearthed by security researchers at ISS - involves flaws in the processing of LHA files by an antivirus library that gives rise to possible stack overflow attacks. The flaw applies to McAfee AntiVirus Library …
John Leyden, 18 Mar 2005

Bromium launches security-through-virtualisation tech in the UK

Bromium has arrived as a sales force in the UK market with its strategy for making desktop computers secure using virtualisation technology. The firm, which already employs a R&D/engineering team in Cambridge, has now added sales and support operations for the UK and wider European market. It's also looking to recruit channel …
John Leyden, 14 Mar 2013
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Cybercrooks spur anti-virus market growth

The anti-virus market will grow to reach $7.49bn by 2012, according to market analyst Frost & Sullivan (F&S). Last year, the market was worth $3.27bn. Increasinlgy, Malware is written as a tool to obtain confidential user information by phishing fraudsters and the like. Greater awareness of this trends will drive enterprise and …
John Leyden, 06 Mar 2006
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Anti-virus hacking contest polarizes vendors

Security firms have split over the merits of a hacking contest aimed against anti-virus packages planned for August's Defcon conference. Anti-virus firm Sophos reckons the exercise will serve only to increase the volume of malware in circulation, further taxing the resources of already hard-pressed security firms. However, net …
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2008
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MS axes Unix anti-virus sales after bagging Sybari

Microsoft wasted no time after tying up the acquisition of email security firm Sybari Software on Wednesday before axing sales of the latter's line of anti-virus products for Unix and Linux servers. Post acquisition, Syabri becomes a Microsoft subsidiary focusing on marketing anti-virus and anti-spam protection for Microsoft …
John Leyden, 22 Jun 2005
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Sophos bug highlights wider anti-virus flaws

Users of Sophos’s anti-virus products were warned this week of a potentially serious security vulnerability. The bug - unearthed by security researcher Alex Wheeler - involves an unspecified heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability. The cross-platform flaw applies to Sophos Anti-Virus Small Business Edition and in version 3.x …
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2005
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Patch now against virus-writing clowns

F-Secure yesterday urged users of its anti-virus products to apply security patches following the discovery of potentially serious security vulnerability in 18 of its products. The security bug - unearthed by security researchers at ISS - involves flaws in the processing of ARJ archive files by an antivirus library that give …
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2005
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Freebie Android anti-malware scanners flunk tests

Many free-of-charge antivirus products fail to protect Android smartphone against malware effectively, leaving users with a false sense of security as a result. Tests by antivirus testing lab AV-Test.org revealed that the best freebie Android anti-virus scanner, Zoner Antivirus, caught 32 per cent of 160 recent Android threats. …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2011
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Anti-virus companies: tenacious spammers

No one can argue that the spam problem is getting better. Despite advances in anti-spam technology and legislation against spam, unwanted junk mail is flowing into our inboxes at an increased rate. Stock tips, enhancement drugs, Nigerian scams, DVD copy software and hundreds of other products or services get shoved in our face …
Brian Martin, 29 Jan 2004
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Snort team aim to scent malformed email attachments

The developers behind Snort, the open source intrusion detection system, are pushing ahead with a project to develop a system for detecting malformed documents in a bid to provide early warnings about targeted attacks. Razorback is designed to complement traditional anti-virus products by providing a warning about maliciously …
John Leyden, 19 May 2011
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NHS goes for in-cloud security from Zscaler

It appears that the NHS will move security for its million-plus users to in-cloud services from Zscaler. The deal has not officially been announced but news is leaking out, such as in an agenda item entitled "Zscaler – Web Security Service Within N3" for an N3 user conference happening now. There is also a Satisnet Zscaler …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jul 2011
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Microsoft enters the anti-virus bear-pit

Microsoft is setting the cat among the pigeons at this year's Virus Bulletin conference, the big chinwag for the security software industry. Ordinarily, blame for the lamentable state of awareness of internet security has fallen on Redmond, alongside clueless end-users and over-sensationalist journalists. Lately, though, …
John Leyden, 09 Oct 2006
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Symantec 'fesses up: 'Code theft worse than we thought'

Symantec has backtracked on its previous assurances about a recent source code theft, admitting its network was breached and code for a larger number of products than previously thought was swiped. Two weeks ago the security giant confessed that a blackhat crew had made off with source code for older versions of some of its …
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2012
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User group calls for anti-virus early warning alerts

A grassroots organisation representing the interests of corporate users has received a frosty welcome from the anti-virus community. Avien.org, which was represented by IT admins from Boeing, Ford and KPMG during a keynote presentation at Virus Bulletin yesterday, generated mutterings of discontent by stating that its early …
John Leyden, 28 Sep 2001
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Symantec fires off false alarm on WoW update

World of Warcraft denizens are complaining that an anti-virus update published by Symantec over the weekend falsely labelled a component of the game as potentially malign. Instead of throwing spells or wielding axes, fans of the role-playing game who choose Symantec for their security protection complain that the firms is …
John Leyden, 17 May 2010
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IBM hands out malware-stuffed USB at security conference

IBM has apologised after supplying a malware-infected USB stick to delegates of this week's IBM AusCERT security conference. The unlovely gift was supplied to an unknown number of delegates to the Gold Coast, Queensland conference who visited IBM's booth. Big Blue does not identify the strain of malware involved in the attack …
John Leyden, 21 May 2010
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Anti-virus industry: white knight or black hat?

One has to wonder whether the anti-virus industry sleeps well at night. On one hand, it purports to serve the world by defending our computers and networks from any number of electronic critters and malicious code. On the other hand, sometimes its "cure" is worse than the problem its products allegedly treat. Add to that the …
Richard Forno, 16 Feb 2004
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Anti-virus becoming less important than content control

By 2007 firms will spend more on content filtering and encryption technology than they do on anti-virus software according to a report by industry analysts Frost & Sullivan released this week. According to the analysts, malicious code monitoring will experience high growth over the forecast period, but will become subsumed into …
John Leyden, 07 Feb 2001
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Why power plants need anti-virus

Utility companies are been urged to review cyber security risks as the industry moves over from proprietary technologies to cheaper Windows-based systems. Attendees at an Industrial Cyber Security Conference in London on Tuesday 15 March were told that the control systems of utilities are becoming open to the kinds of attacks …
John Leyden, 17 Mar 2005
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3 men charged in $100m scareware scam

Federal prosecutors have accused three men of running an operation that used fraudulent ads to dupe internet users around the world into buying more than $100m worth of bogus anti-virus software. The defendants operated companies including Innovative Marketing and Byte Hosting Internet Services, which perpetuated an elaborate …
Dan Goodin, 28 May 2010
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Spooks take the wheel in UK's £650m cyber-war operations

The British government's Cyber Security Strategy is giving the intelligence agencies a greater role than ever in defending business and the public against internet threats. The policy, released by the Cabinet Office on Friday, sketches a detailed framework on how the government aims to organise law enforcement efforts and …
John Leyden, 28 Nov 2011
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New attack bypasses virtually all AV protection

Researchers say they've devised a way to bypass protections built in to dozens of the most popular desktop anti-virus products, including those offered by McAfee, Trend Micro, AVG, and BitDefender. The method, developed by software security researchers at matousec.com, works by exploiting the driver hooks the anti-virus …
Dan Goodin, 07 May 2010
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Finns target Oracle ‘insecurity’ with anti-virus clustering

Finnish security company Stonesoft has designs on the "particularly insecure" high-availability database market with a scalable clustering product for Trend Micro’s InterScan VirusWall. Cluster support for other anti-virus products are promised. CEO and president Hannu Turunen, who worked at Oracle until he started the …
Mike Magee, 05 Jul 2000
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Koobface takedown exposes money trail

A Koobface server takedown operation which began over the weekend has already shed new light into the operations of the infamous botnet. UK ISP Coreix unplugged command and control servers linked to the worm on Friday as part of a wider takedown operation spearheaded by Canadian security firm SecDev. Nart Villeneuve, head of the …
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2010
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Multiple security scanner bugs give users a headache

Once an occasional inconvenience, serious security bugs and vulnerabilities in anti-virus and security suite products are growing into hardy perennials. Once, running Windows anti-virus was like driving down a dual carriageway. These days, it's more like an unpaved road. Last week alone bought a confirmed snag with anti-virus …
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2009
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Microsoft beta tests Office subscription software

Microsoft has launched a private beta test of a subscription version of its Office and security software. Dubbed Albany the package includes Office Live and OneCare - Microsoft's bundle of security and anti-virus products. It is aimed at consumers rather than businesses - Microsoft is already trialling similar offerings for …
John Oates, 21 Apr 2008
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Mozilla overlooked malware-laced Firefox add-ons

Two Firefox add-ons available for months on Mozilla's website infected users with malware that stole passwords and opened a backdoor on Windows machines, the open-source browser maker has confirmed. The add-ons, available on an experimental section of Mozilla's official add-on download site carried trojans that have been …
Dan Goodin, 05 Feb 2010

CA in malformed archives malware risk

CA has updated its anti-virus software to guard against a brace of flaws that created a means for hackers to turn the security protection software against its users. Both bugs involved problems in processing malformed CAB archives. Successful exploitation of the vulnerabilities potentially allows execution of arbitrary code ( …
John Leyden, 07 Jun 2007
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Sunbelt buckles up for anti-bloatware drive

The anti-virus bloatware problem is getting worse despite what some vendors may claim, according to figures from Sunbelt Software. The Florida based vendor's marketing claims tap into a deep well of discontent about anti-virus products but are not supported by the latest results from independent testing labs, such as AV-Test. …
John Leyden, 28 Sep 2009
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Crooks charge premium for filter-evading Trojan

Cybercrooks have released a custom-built Trojan, dubbed Limbo 2, "guaranteed" by its shady creators to continually evade the top ten anti-virus products on the market. The Limbo 2 Trojan is touted as being able to bypass products from Symantec, McAfee, AVG and others to steal login credentials from online banking sessions. …
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2008
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Danger UPX

Trend Micro is urging users to update their anti-virus software following the discovery of a bug in its scanning software that might be misused to either crash vulnerable systems or load malware. The flaw, which involves a buffer overrun security bug in the UPX parsing component of both enterprise and consumer versions of Trend …
John Leyden, 08 Feb 2007
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Microsoft targets online Office bundle at US cheapskates

Microsoft has tied up with ailing US retailer Circuit City to launch its Office and security subscription service which hits the market bearing the moniker "Equipt". The software giant said that it has handed Circuit City the new product line, with plans for the retail chain to start punting Equipt from mid-July. It will carry a …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jul 2008
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Infamous Storm botnet rises from the grave

After blowing itself out 18 months ago, the notorious Storm botnet is back, researchers from CA said Tuesday. Storm - once responsible for churning out 20 percent of the world's spam - started to peter out in September 2007, when Microsoft targeted it through the Malicious Software Removal Tool. Some 274,372 demonized PCs were …
Dan Goodin, 27 Apr 2010
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Microsoft sees spike in attacks targeting 0day Windows bug

The number of malicious attacks exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in older versions of Windows has mushroomed over the past week, prompting Microsoft to warn customers to deploy countermeasures until an update is released. Microsoft said on Wednesday that its security team has detected more than 10,000 distinct computers …
Dan Goodin, 30 Jun 2010