Threat Alert: Antivirus Killers

Malware and viruses have always targeted various holes in your PC's defenses. But increasingly, virus writers are targeting security software itself. Some viruses try to block your antivirus software's efforts to connect to its parent company for critical updates, while others attempt to shut down security software entirely. And though Windows remains the biggest single source of security holes, researchers are now finding significantly more flaws in the utilities we turn to for protection than in the operating system the software is meant to guard.

According to a Yankee Group report, which examined government statistics, the number of reported vulnerabilities in security software overtook those reported for Windows at the end of 2004. From the beginning of 2004 through May 2005, there were 77 flaws affecting antivirus apps and other security products, increasing at a far faster rate than for Windows.

All the newly reported vulnerabilities provide a challenge to antivirus companies, says Shane Coursen, senior technology consultant for Kaspersky Labs. If virus writers were to succeed in invading computers through an open door in security software, it would erode the confidence in antivirus programs that has built up slowly in the public's mind, he says. Threat Alert: Antivirus Killers - Yahoo! News

Linked by shanmuga Friday, 30th September 2005 11:18PM