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[News] [Rival] Anti-virus Software for Windows is Useless

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Anti-virus Software for Windows is Useless
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 00:27:31 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Third of XP security suites flunk tests

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| A third of 60 anti-malware products for 
| Windows XP failed to make the grade in 
| independent security tests.
| 
| 20 out of 60 security products tested by 
| independent security certification body 
| Virus Bulletin flunked its rigourous VB100 
| certification, mainly because of false 
| positive problems. False alarms in scanning 
| benign files from major providers including 
| Adobe, Microsoft, Google and Sun tripped up 
| many of the products under test. Failure to 
| detect complex polymorphic viruses also 
| acted as a stumbling block during Virus 
| Bulletin's largest ever test of anti-malware 
| products to date.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/13/winxp_anti_malware_tests/

Bank Worker Pleads Guilty to Hacking 100 ATMs

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| A Bank of America worker pleaded guilty 
| Tuesday to installing malware on more than 
| 100 ATMs, and stealing $304,000 over a 
| seven-month period.
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http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/04/malware-targeted-100-atms

McAfee sued over third-party pop-up pitches

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| Security software maker McAfee is being sued 
| over alleged sneaky tactics in promoting 
| third-party services to consumers buying its 
| anti-virus technology.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/14/mcafee_pop_up_lawsuit/


Related:

Bots rule in cyberspace

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| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses
| and to mine for sensitive personal data.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/03/17/bots-rule-cyberspace
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/computersecurity/2008-03-16-computer-botnets_N.htm


Botnets Running Rampant

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| How much money is being stolen by cybercriminals? No one knows, and no one
| even knows how to go about coming up with that number, IronPort's Peterson
| said.
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http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/144489/botnets_running_rampant.html


Online banking fraud 'up 8,000%'

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| The UK has seen an 8,000% increase in fake internet banking scams
| in the past two years, the government's financial watchdog has warned.
|
| The Financial Services Authority (FSA) told peers it was "very concerned"
| about the growth in "phishing".
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6177555.stm
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