Above the Clouds

ThreatSense.Net® is a form of distributed computing that for several years has supplemented and extended the capabilities of the ThreatSense® detection engine, which is the heart of the advanced heuristics that characterize ESET products. ThreatSense.Net® sends back information to the Virus Labs on both known and new threats. As well as tracking the prevalence of

Some People Just Don’t Get It

I read an article on the Newsweek Blog today http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/techtonicshifts/archive/2009/12/22/antivirus-under-attack-from-polymorphic-threats-and-you.aspx In the blog the author states “Individuals and corporate users are storing less data on their hard drives and more in the cloud — remote servers, operated by giants like Google and Amazon. With less valuable data on individual PCs, the need for virus protection

Chrome for the Holidays

I was asked to comment on Google Chrome OS (operating system): specifically, on the security model that is being proposed, and on the privacy issues associated with running an operating system in the cloud. You can find the article by Orestis Bastounis of Computeract!ve here: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/computeractive/news/2254227/google-unveils-chrome It's difficult to speak authoritatively about Chrome OS so

Dissipating the Cloud

The next presentation here at Virus Bulletin is called “Tales from Cloud Nine” and is presented by Mihai Chiriac, the head of research from BitDefender. While using the word “cloud”, Mihai continued to explain what the technology is that is being used, how and why it used. This was an exceptionally well balanced presentation that

A Cloud is a Container of Fog that Obscures Vision

I’m sitting in a presentation at the Virus Bulletin conference in Geneva. The topic is “Why in the Cloud scanning is not a solution. The presentation is done by Andreas Marx and Maik Morgenstern from AV-Test.org. What they found in extensive testing is that “Cloud” scanners do not have a detection advantage over traditional solutions.

False Positive Fracas

False positives. Every anti-malware vendor’s worst nightmare. The European publisher Heise, apparently recently reinvented as The H, has pointed out that both GData and Bitdefender were inaccurately flagging winlogon.exe as Trojan.Generic.1423603. In case you were wondering, this doesn’t mean the whole anti-malware industry has gone mad: GData’s product uses two engines, one of which is 

Trends in Security Software

I got asked "what is the big trend in security software at the moment". It seems to me there are several significant threads to the answer, in terms of anti-malware. Dynamic and/or behaviour analysis. Dynamic analysis as implemented in mainstream antimalware is basically an automated version of dynamic analysis is used in computer forensics. In

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