Consumer Reports Wrote 5,500 Viri To Test Anti-Virus apps ;P

1 09 2006

Anti-Virus Testing and Consumer Reports – Security Fix

OMG – This is friggin hilarious:

Consumer Reports recently came under heavy fire from some in the anti-virus industry for creating some 5,500 new virus variants to see how well a dozen leading products fared in detecting the new nasties. More than 100 security experts and executives from companies like Microsoft and HP as well as anti-virus vendors F-Secure, Kaspersky, McAfee, Sophos, Symantec and Trend Micro signed their names to a declaration denouncing Consumer Reports’ methods, stating that it is “not necessary and … not useful to write computer viruses to learn how to protect against them.”

Of course. How are you supposed to test Anti-Virus apps if they already have the definitions?  The viri/worms/whatever that wreak the most havoc are the ones that are not detectable…yet, because the anti-viri folks haven’t gotten around to checking the Open Source Virus Database.

I say good on ya CR.  Keep the tests real.


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