Anti-Virus News, Articles and Updates

Kaspersky offers alternate theory for how NSA hacking tools were stolen

Kaspersky Lab has released findings from its own internal probe into how Russian cyber spies identified and stole U.S. hacking tools from an NSA contractor's laptop - found evidence that the laptop had been infected with malware.

Symantec products vulnerable to buffer overflow bug

The Google Project Zero team has found a vulnerability in Symantec's Antivirus Engine that results in instant blue-screening and kernel memory corruption without user action on Windows.

Vulnerability found in McAfee, Kaspersky and AVG anti-virus softwares

Three major anti-virus softwares have been shown to be vulnerable to a large coding vulnerability.

AV firms caught copying each others' work

Harmless files found flagged up as malware in various anti-virus products due to lack of verification.

BitDefender classifies 'piracy monetisation' site Rightscorp as malware

Peer‐to‐Peer (P2P) file sharing tracker initially condemned due to false positive

Malwarebytes offer amnesty to pirates with free software

Keygen-activated or cracked versions of anti-virus software won't last long

Rombertik: what you should know about the evolution of destructive malware

Protecting yourself against malware that's aware of anti-virus programs and can self destruct to avoid detection is tricky, says Corey Nachreiner.

All ESET AV products hit by major flaw

A critical defect in ESET's flagship anti-virus products has been discovered by British Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy.

GCHQ spies have been hacking anti-virus software

Britain's Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) is actively engaged in reverse engineering anti-virus software to identify exploitable vulnerabilities.

ICYMI: Barclays beefs up security, AVs vulnerable to Freak & getting InfoSec right

The top stories on SC over the last week include Barclays poaching staff from Europol, anti-virus concerns and some useful advice for getting information security right.

Updated: Kaspersky leaves users open to FREAK attack

All the anti-virus applications checked - Avast, Kaspersky and ESET - lower the security of TLS connections in one way or another says Hanno Bock.

New fileless malware spotted in the wild

Threat runs entirely in memory to evade detection

Are digital loss prevention and signature-based anti-virus living on borrowed time?

Should fingerprint-based data leakage protection be declared dead asks Peter Tyrrell, suggesting it just doesn't scale for the hyper-connected world.

Eugene Kaspersky interview: 'Critical infrastructure is under threat'

It's been a busy few weeks for Kaspersky Lab, the anti-virus vendor behind the discovery of Equation and Carbanak groups. SC interviewed CEO Eugene Kaspersky on the disclosures, the company's direction, anti-virus and cyber-insurance.

Microsoft report warns on outdated security software

Microsoft says outdated software can be almost as insecure as having no protection at all.

8 in 10 infosec pros think perimeter security can combat APTs

A new survey from Lieberman Software reveals that almost eight in ten IT security professionals believe that perimeter security technologies like firewalls and anti-malware solutions are sufficient in defending against advanced persistent threats (APTs).

48% of e-tailers hit by financial information loss

Research just published claims that online merchants and financial service providers have become the two biggest sources of stolen banking information.

The 5 most read articles this week: July 25-31

Here are the five most popular articles, as read by you the reader, in the week for July 25 to 31.

Security researcher finds exploitable flaws in 14 antivirus engines

Joxean Koret, a security researcher at Singapore-based consultancy COSEINC, has found exploitable local and remote flaws in 14 of the 17 major antivirus (AV) engines used by most major AV manufacturers.

Critics slam ISACA's APT report

"Fighting off an APT attack using firewalls and anti-virus is akin to shooting at a nuclear warhead with a bow and arrow."

Why traditional antivirus is facing increasing criticism

Traditional antivirus (AV) products have been taking a beating in the media recently, but why? The reason is simple; they cannot and do not protect you from new malware.

Hidden cyber crime gang spotted

Cisco researchers uncover a cyber criminal group that have been hiding since at least 2007, distributing malware almost entirely undetectable by anti-virus systems.

Portcullis shuts down Sophos antivirus bug

UK-based security services firm Portcullis has discovered a flaw in Sophos Antivirus that could allow attackers to inject malicious code and disable the software.

The death of anti-virus

Symantec's announcement that 'anti-virus is dead' shouldn't surprise anyone. What's shocking is how long it took to admit it.

AV vendor Avast takes forum offline after hack

Czech-based antivirus vendor Avast was forced to take its user forum offline after it was compromised by hackers over the weekend.

Fake AV apps spotted on Google Play, Windows Phone Store

Kaspersky Lab UK has spotted an increase in the number of fake anti-virus apps appearing in mobile app stores, with two recent programs imitating the firm's own products.