CME Initiative's Virus Naming Unnecessary
Under the CME scheme, every new virus and worm would get a number like CME-137. What a waste of time! A virus by any other name would stink just as bad. OK, that's not exactly how Shakespeare would have put it, but that's the message we should send to the developers of the Common Malware Enumeration initiative, launched last month.
CME, sponsored by the U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Mitre Corp. and supported by a board of antivirus vendors, is an effort to eliminate confusion by bringing consistent naming to worms and viruses--the Blaster worm, for instance, was initially dubbed Slammer and MsBlast by various groups. Under the CME scheme, every new virus and worm would get a number, such as CME-137. Secure Enterprise | All the Rage: Common Malware Enumeration Initiative's Virus Naming Unnecessary
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