Not, I hasten to add, on anti-malware testing, on this occasion. And since I’m not a subscriber to the Cult of Schneier – certainly when he pontificates on the shortcomings of the anti-malware industry – I would have examined any thoughts he had expressed on that specific topic with enough salt to hand for several large pinches….
In just one month, certificate authorities have issued hundreds of SSL certificates for deceptive domain names used in phishing attacks. SSL certificates lend an additional air of authenticity to phishing sites, causing the victims’ browsers to display a padlock icon to indicate a secure connection.
The European Union’s highest court has today ruled against the transatlantic Safe Harbor agreement which had allowed companies to transfer European citizens’ personal data to the US. The decision, made by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), will affect thousands of companies which had been transfering a wide range of information under an agreement that allowed them to circumvent Europe’s much stricter privacy rules.
As another testing lab informed us that they improved a lot recently, we updated our Testing Lab Comparison Table accordindly. Data is as of September 2015.
An overview of the most well-known testing labs can be found here.
For the second time, we ran an URL competition during the Virus Bulletin conference 2015. We plan to host a URL competition every year.
Conference delegates received a code to register for the competition.
26 Malware Hunters (from 14 different companies) joined the competition and submitted in total 238 URLs during the conference. Most of the submissions were 404, PUA, exploits that did not work on the target system or clean URLs/files. Continue reading
OPSWAT analyzed the market share of 64 anti-malware vendors for their August 2015 report, and the top three anti-malware vendors in their data are Avast at 16.3% market share, Microsoft at 15.7% [without counting Windows Defender] and Malwarebytes at 14.5%. These numbers reflect only those installations where Real-Time Protection is enabled.