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Essex black hat behind Cryptex and reFUD gets two years behind bars

A 24-year-old Essex man behind the antivirus evasion site, who made an estimated half a million pounds from Bitcoin, has been jailed for two years. Goncalo Esteves, of Cape Close, Colchester, England, admitted two computer misuse offences and one charge of money laundering in January. He was sentenced today at …
Gareth Corfield, 15 Feb 2018

Windows Defender will strap pushy scareware to its ass-kicker machine

Microsoft will tighten the screws on scummy developers who use scare tactics to frighten people – particularly non-tech savvy folks – into paying for unnecessary software. Think applications that offer to scan your Windows PC for free, and then – conveniently – claim your computer is under attack by viruses, or has serious …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jan 2018

CPU bug patch saga: Antivirus tools caught with their hands in the Windows cookie jar

Microsoft's workaround to protect Windows computers from the Intel processor security flaw dubbed Meltdown has revealed the rootkit-like nature of modern security tools. Some anti-malware packages are incompatible with Redmond's Meltdown patch, released last week, because the tools make, according to Microsoft, “unsupported …
John Leyden, 9 Jan 2018

UK government bans all Russian anti-virus software from Secret-rated systems

The United Kingdom's National Cyber Security Centre has effectively banned the use of Russian anti-virus products from government departments and revealed it is trying to “prevent the transfer of UK data to the Russian state” from Kaspersky Labs software. A guidance note published last Friday and distributed to permanent …
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Fake tech support 'scam' husband and wife banned FOR LIFE from computer repair world

A husband and wife team accused of scamming people with dodgy tech support calls about bogus malware infections have been barred for life from offering IT support and repairs. America's trade regulator, the FTC, said today that its settlement deal with Madhu and Ila Sethi would comprise both a $2m fine and an order that …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Oct 2017
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Microsoft downplays alarm over Windows Defender 'flaw'

Security researchers have uncovered what they believe is a vulnerability that allows malware to completely bypass Windows Defender. Microsoft dismissed the report as of "limited practical applicability" in practice (i.e. a low-risk threat). The team at CyberArk Labs nonetheless claims the security shortcoming could impact tens …
John Leyden, 28 Sep 2017

Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

Antivirus firm Avast has admitted inadvertently distributing a trojanised version of CCleaner, a popular PC tune-up tool, for nearly a month, infecting an estimated 2.27 million users. Cisco Talos discovered that servers distributing the program were leveraged to deliver malware to unsuspecting victims. "For a period of time …
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2017

Kaspersky axes antitrust complaints against Microsoft after Windows giant vows to play nice

Kaspersky Labs is dropping its antitrust complaints against Microsoft in Russia and Europe. The Russian antivirus biz had claimed the US software giant was unfairly promoting the use of Windows Defender over third-party security products. In November last year, Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service probed a complaint by …
Andrew Silver, 10 Aug 2017

Cybereason snags $100m from Softbank to mount distribution, tech offensive

Cybersecurity startup Cybereason is looking to go to the next level after securing $100m in funding from SoftBank. Cybereason, with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts and Tel Aviv, Israel, offers a range of endpoint detection and response, next-generation antivirus, and managed monitoring services. These are crowded …
John Leyden, 21 Jun 2017

Kaspersky files antitrust suit against Microsoft

Kaspersky Lab has filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft over allegations that Redmond is hobbling third-party antivirus software. The complaint was submitted to both the European Commission and German Federal Cartel Office this week following an investigation begun by Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service in November …
John Leyden, 6 Jun 2017

Avast blocks the entire internet – again

Updated An Avast software update pushed out on Wednesday is preventing web access for at least some devices running the firm's freebie anti-malware software. Users affected by the problem have started threads (here and here among others) on Avast's support forum. El Reg learnt of the issue through reader Michael S. "Non tech savvy …
John Leyden, 11 May 2017
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Everything's fine, says Cylance, as workers given the boot

Updated Prominent next-gen antivirus vendor Cylance has confirmed a wide-ranging restructure involving job cuts. In response to queries based on an anonymous tip to El Reg on Tuesday that several workers had been shown the door, Cylance confirmed it was restructuring its business without commenting on the job cut numbers that were the …
John Leyden, 5 Apr 2017

RIP: Antivirus veteran Raimund Genes, 54

Colleagues and friends are mourning the sudden death of distinguished antivirus industry veteran Raimund Genes last Friday. Genes, 54, chief technology officer at Trend Micro, began as a distributor before joining the antivirus firm in the early days of the industry back in 1996. He served with distinction in a variety of …
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2017

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

Life after antivirus: Reinventing endpoint security

Security professionals still talk about “antivirus defences,” but in the space of a handful of years what is meant by this term has undergone a dramatic shift. On the surface, things look much as they have always done. Businesses still run what used to be called “AV protection,” reinvented some time ago as the all-purpose “ …
John E Dunn, 9 Feb 2017
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Former Mozilla dev joins chorus roasting antivirus, says 'It's poison!'

Antivirus is harmful and everyone should uninstall it, so says recently liberated ex-Mozilla developer Robert O'Callahan. The former Mozilla man worked at the browser baron for 16 years and has now joined his voice to the growing chorus of hackers pouring scorn on the utility of antivirus software. Among O'Callahan's beefs is …
Darren Pauli, 27 Jan 2017
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P0wnographer finds remote code exec bug in McAfee enterprise

McAfee has taken six months to patch 10 critical vulnerabilities in its VirusScan Enterprise Linux client. And these were nasty bugs as when chained they resulted remote code execution as root. Andrew Fasano, security researcher with MIT Lincoln Laboratory, says attackers can chain the flaws to compromise McAfee Linux clients …
Darren Pauli, 13 Dec 2016

Trend Micro AV nukes innocent Sharepoint code, admins despair

Trend Micro's antivirus software has flagged benign Sharepoint code as potentially malign and nuked the files, causing the Microsoft package to fall over. After installing a dodgy update, Trend's OfficeScan tool removes a harmless JavaScript file from Sharepoint, leaving crashing servers in its wake. Aggrieved admins have …
John Leyden, 8 Dec 2016

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