Global Threat Report 2008, other papers, and AMTSO

You may have noticed that I’ve been making a lot of references to this over the past few weeks. You can now download it here. Quite a few people have worked pretty hard to make this project happen, and I’d like to thank them now. I hope some of you will find it interesting and useful.

We’ve also been doing a little tidying of the white papers page, and there will be some additional material there in the near future, including papers on fake antimalware, the apparently late but unlamented Storm botnet, some of our recent conference papers on testing, malware naming, and user education, and an independent paper on spotting implementational errors in comparative tests that has also been referenced in the AMTSO document on The Fundamental Principles of Testing.

AMTSO (The Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization) will be considering a number of additional documents next month, on a number of test-related topics, as well as the "terms of engagement" for the newly-appointed Reviews of Reviews board.

This board, on which ESET is represented, will implement one of the areas highlighted in the AMTSO preliminary charter: "Providing analysis and review of current and future testing of anti-malware and related products."

That’s a topic I certainly intend to come back to!

Director of Malware Intelligence


Author David Harley, ESET

  • Hari Emani

    Excellent article, especially the Eset global threat report. To conclude, your report highlights the greater need for End user security awareness programs.

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