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Despite the spiel, we're still some decades from true anti-malware AI

Opinion The cybersecurity industry is investing heavily in "machine learning" technologies in the hope of providing a more dynamic defence against malware. The practical upshot of this is that the delegates to the RSA Conference next week are likely to hear a lot about artificial intelligence in next-generation antivirus (NGAV) even …
John Leyden, 13 Feb 2017
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Sophos to assimilate Invincea's intelligent machine tech to fight malware

Sophos has announced a deal to acquire the core technologies of anti-malware protection outfit Invincea for $100m plus up to $20m, dependent on first-year revenues. Invincea makes a line of signature-less endpoint procession technologies that rely on machine learning and behavioural monitoring to block malware. Sophos plans …
John Leyden, 8 Feb 2017

Sophos update borks systems at London NHS trust

Updated An anti-malware update from Sophos caused borked systems at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) on Thursday. Sophos confirmed the problem in a brief statement, adding that it was working with the NHS Trust to get to the bottom of the issue. Sophos can confirm that the Trust raised a support case yesterday regarding an …
John Leyden, 3 Feb 2017
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'Webroot made my PCs s*** the bed' – AV update borks biz machines hard

Updated Anti-malware firm Webroot has apologized after an update pushed out this week borked computers at unlucky companies, leaving the PCs unbootable. El Reg learned of the issue through reader Andrew, who reported that the Webroot 9.0.15.43 update for enterprises has "shit the bed," creating all sorts of problems on corporate …
John Leyden, 2 Feb 2017

Apple's anti-malware Gatekeeper still useless: Security bloke reveals lingering holes

Apple has flubbed attempts to patch flaws in OS X's anti-malware system Gatekeeper, leaving the defenses still easy to bypass. Patrick Wardle, a former NSA staffer who now heads up research at crowdsourced security intelligence firm Synack, found a way to circumvent Gatekeeper last year. Gatekeeper is supposed to block dodgy …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2016
Spoon feeding

Avira turns tables to launch lawsuit against ‘crapware’ slinger

Avira, which re-affirmed its right to classify Freemium.com as a nuisance back in June, has launched a legal offensive against the controversial app. The security software firm's filing concerns Freemium.com's alleged practice of “confusing users into installing unwanted programs that can compromise users’ privacy or weaken …
John Leyden, 29 Oct 2015
firing range - target in cross hairs

Apple is picking off iOS antivirus apps one by one: Who'll be spared?

Confusion reigns over whether or not Apple is really pulling all iOS antivirus apps from its online software store. One leading developer says yes, another says no, and Apple is keeping schtum. Security specialist Intego claims the Cupertino idiot-tax operation has yanked anti-malware tools from the iOS App Store, leaving just …
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2015
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PayPal pays $60m for Israeli predictive security start-up

PayPal has confirmed a $60m acquisition of security intelligence firm CyActive. The online payments firm, soon to be spun off from eBay, accompanied the announcement of the deal with plans to open a research hub in Israel. CyActive, founded by ex IDF intelligence unit cyberspies in 2013, specialises in trying to predict the …
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2015

Keylogger: Somebody STOP ME! Oh hang on, I just did

Developers of a range of commercial keyloggers have switched sides and begun marketing anti-keylogging technology. SpyShelter’s founder and lead developer, Janusz Siemienowicz, went from poacher to gamekeeper after discovering that none of the major security applications were able to detect and block against their own …
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2015
Evil Android

Android antivirus apps CAN'T kill nasties on sight like normal AV - and that's Google's fault

Android users expecting Windows levels of performance from Android-specific antivirus packages are likely to be disappointed because only Google can automatically delete dodgy apps on Android devices, say malware experts. Anti-malware bods agree that antivirus programs on Android can’t remove viruses automatically, meaning …
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2013

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
The Register breaking news

Bit9 hacked after it forgot to install ITS OWN security product

IT security biz Bit9's private digital certificates were copied by hackers and used to cryptographically sign malware to infect the company's customers. The software-whitelisting firm's certificates were swiped when its core systems were hacked last week. The intruders then signed malicious code and distributed it to the …
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2013
The Register breaking news

AVG kicks out new touchy-feely UI to grab smartphone-fondlers

AVG launched a revamped range of its security products on Thursday that it said offered faster scanning and support for the latest touchscreen Windows 8 devices through an updated user interface. The 2013 vintage of AVG includes new versions of AVG’s consumer products, such as AVG AntiVirus Free, as well as paid-for security …
John Leyden, 6 Sep 2012
The Register breaking news

2 in 3 Android anti-malware scanners not up to the job

Two-thirds of Android anti-malware scanners failed to protect against a range of malware in independent tests. AV-Test put 41 different virus scanners for Android through their paces. Almost two-thirds of these scanners are not yet suitable for use as reliable products, identifying less than 65 per cent of the 618 types of …
John Leyden, 7 Mar 2012
The Register breaking news

Security biz scoffs at Apple's anti-Trojan Gatekeeper

Security watchers are expressing reservations about whitelisting security that Apple plans to integrate with OS X Mountain Lion this summer. The security feature, dubbed Gatekeeper, restricts the installation of downloaded applications based on their source. Users can choose to accept apps from anywhere (as now) but by default …
John Leyden, 20 Feb 2012
The Register breaking news

Antivirus startup Dasient flocks off to Twitter

Twitter has acquired anti-malware startup Dasient. Financial terms of the deal, announced Monday, were undisclosed. dasient_tweet Twitter chirps about acquisiton Dasient launched a web-based anti-malware platform in 2009, following up with technology designed to restrict the spread of malicious ads a year later. In joining …
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2012
The Register breaking news

Sourcefire jumps into anti-malware market

Sourcefire, the security biz behind the commercial versions of the open-source Snort intrusion-detection software, is bowling itself at enterprises and touting tech designed to quickly detect and block malware outbreaks. FireAMP offers a malware discovery and analysis tool that offers visibility of threats and outbreak control …
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2012
The Register breaking news

Flaw in MS anti-malware engine poses command override risk

Microsoft has updated its malware protection technology following the discovery of a bug which might, given a plausible but unlikely set of circumstances, allow a hacker to gain root access to vulnerable systems. Would-be hackers would already need to have access to targeted systems in order to exploit the privilege escalation …
John Leyden, 25 Feb 2011

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