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Advanced Heuristics

When something in your vicinity happens, you know right away if it is good or right. When the traffic light on a busy road is red, you know not to cross and when it is green you can cross, but still be looking around to see if it is safe. With different instances that are

Bad password choices: don't miss the point

Phish, Phowl, and Passwords I spend a lot of time defending educational as opposed to purely technical solutions to security. Not that I don’t believe in the usefulness of technical solutions: that is, after all, ESET’s basic business. However, there are many people in the security business who believe that education is a waste of

What are Heuristics?

It is generally well-understood that antimalware programs—the software which detects computer viruses, worms, trojan horses and other threats to your system—work by scanning files using signatures they already have. A signature could be as simple as a string[i] (like using the "find" command in your word processor to locate a particular piece of text) or as

How Do You Find 200,000 Unique Samples a Day?

I recently received a couple of questions about signatures from a reader. 1- You said that ESET receives around 200000 unique malware samples daily, so does ESET detect most of them or detect only the malwares that their signatures are listed here: http://www.eset.com/threat-center/threatsense-updates ? 2- Nowadays why signatures are written? Are they written to detect

Heuristic Detection Techniques

I recently received a few questions about heuristics and thought the answers may be of broader interest than just to the person asking. 1- What is the difference between the detection by generic signatures and passive heuristic? Aren't they the same? 2- In this thread: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=261904 I can't understand Marcos's replay: 'it's heuristic detection coupled

Top Ten 2008 Threats

The top ten (twenty, twenty-five…) season doesn’t seem to have finished yet: the latest to cross my radar was something like seven ways of surviving the recession, which I’m sure is of interest to all of us, but not really in scope for this blog. So here’s a snippet from our 2008 Global Threat Report,

Global Threat Report

You may be aware that in addition to our semi-annual global threat trends reports, we also do a monthly report. Much of this report is trend analysis based on data from our ThreatSense.Net threat tracking system. ThreatSense.Net® is an advanced threat tracking system which reports detection statistics from tens of millions of client computers around the

AV-Comparatives Retrospective Test (and a Word about False Positives)

Retrospective or “frozen” testing involves testing the ability of one or more products to detect threats proactively, using techniques such as advanced heuristics rather than signature detection.

Hybrid Detection: I have seen the future…

whitelisting itself is hybrid…And it works best as one layer of a defensive strategy, at any rate in the version of the internet in which we currently find ourselves.

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