All this is potentially frightening and inconvenient (or worse) for a home user. And if it happens in a corporate environment, it can be very, very expensive to remedy. So while some of the public comments we see in the wake of such incidents may seem over the top, “FP rage” is certainly understandable.
We’ve just added my paper "The Game of the Name: Malware Naming, Shape Shifters and Sympathetic Magic" to the White Papers page at http://www.eset.com/download/whitepapers.php. This paper follows up on "A Dose By Any Other Name", which Pierre-Marc and I presented at Virus Bulletin last year and goes some way towards explaining (I hope…) why sample glut
Larry Seltzer, one of the better commentators on malware issues, has picked up on the disparity between ESET’s naming of the latest variant and Symantec’s – they call it W32.Downadup.E. Richard Adhikari (who also seems to pretty clueful) also picked up on the naming issue when we exchanged emails a few days ago. This issue
The Register’s John Leyden has harsh words to say today about problems with security software: "Once, running Windows anti-virus was like driving down a dual carriageway. These days, it’s more like an unpaved road." Well, I can understand his viewpoint, though given the sheer volume of security products these days, I’m not sure a small
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