Analysts Work on Improved Antivirus Software Test

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| Antivirus testing groups have typically tested antivirus products by running
| the detection engine against hundreds of malicious software samples.

With all that complexity, no wonder AV software is becoming obsolete (as
in "ineffective", see links below), if not a total resource hog that screams
and demands a new PC.

Spammers turn YouTube into spam relay channel

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| Sending junk mail from compromised Windows boxes under the control of hackers
| has become the most popular method to send spam over recent years.


Does antivirus have a future?

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| Peter Gutmann, a researcher at the University of Auckland who presented the
| results of a study of the commercial market for malware at August's Defcon,
| estimates that a good virus programmer can make as much as $200,000 a year
| (here, a 660KB PDF). Alan Cox, an open-source security researcher, points out
| some additional possibilities. One is malware designed to sit under today's
| virtual machines. A proof-of-concept paper proposing such an attack, called
| Subvirt (PDF), appeared last year, written by three researchers from
| Microsoft and two from the University of Michigan. A presentation at last
| year's Black Hat security conference from Joanna Rutkowska, a researcher at
| Coseinc, a Singapore-based security company, covered a much leaner attack she
| called Blue Pill, which targets the virtualisation built into Windows Vista
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| and into current processors from both AMD and Intel. * * * * *

Antivirus Tools Underperform When Tested in LinuxWorld 'Fight Club'

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| The results: Only three of the antivirus tools caught and blocked all 25
| viruses thrown at them. One tool caught fewer than 10 percent.

Symantec security products less than secure

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| Secunia rates the flaw "highly critical," the second-highest category in its
| five-tier rating system.

Is an antivirus gap looming?

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| The failure of antivirus companies to adapt to the dramatic malware
| appearance rates in 2007 tells us there's time for a change and there's room *
| for a new class of tools. "AV is dead" is the battle cry of a new industry
| analyst report. Antivirus companies may not be going the way of the dodo, but
| to many customers, the concept of antivirus as the last line of defense has
| been thrown out the window. It's time for a better approach, one that can
| keep up and really defend networks. * *

Predicting the demise of antivirus apps

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| "It's the beginning of the end for antivirus," says Robin Bloor, partner
| at consulting firm Hurwitz & Associates, who adds he began his
| "antivirus is dead" campaign a year ago and feels even more strongly
| about it today. "I'm going to keep beating this drum. The approach
| antivirus vendors take is completely wrong. The criminals working to
| release these viruses against computer users are testing against
| antivirus software. They know what works and how to create variants."

Linux Security: A Big Edge Over Windows

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| Linux is better at locking down a computer than Windows. The Linux OS
| uses configuration settings and user permissions to a much more
| efficient degree than the Windows administrator account. To do
| this, non-enterprise users should seek help from third-party
| security suites that serve as configuration managers, James
| Bottomley, chief technology officer of SteelEye Technology said.

Microsoft Windows: Insecure by Design

If Only We Knew Then What We Know Now About Windows XP

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| You can think of Windows XP as a house with a second floor built of
| spackle, wood filler and duct tape.

Why Windows is a security nightmare.

Study: Billions of dollars spent on security

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| Large U.S. businesses will spend $61 billion on security by the end
| of this year, representing 7.3 percent of total IT budgets in the
| country, according to a new report from Info-Tech Research Group.

Finally, anti “bot” technology is launched, and it’s from Norton

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| Now that a specific anti “bot” program has been released, from Symantec no
| less, the threat from bots, botnets and zombified computers are hitting the
| news more often, and is finally entering the mainstream users in a big way. *

Symantec Software Battles Vicious New PC Enemies: 'Bots'

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| "We are seeing rapid increase in botnet infections," says Ed Kim, director
| of product management in the consumer division at Symantec.

Botnet 'pandemic' threatens to strangle the net

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| Cerf estimated that between 100 million and 150 million of the
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| 600 million PCs on the internet are under the control of hackers,
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| the BBC reports.

FBI to Notify Microsoft Windows Users Who Were Victims of Botnets

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| The Department of Justice and FBI have announced the results of
| an ongoing cyber crime initiative to disrupt and dismantle
| “botherders” and elevate the public’s cyber security
| awareness of botnets.