Mar 31 2009

Two months later — antivirus firms remain blasé over Conficker / Downadup worm

The industry's major players pooh-pooh a second media hoopla
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I showed you way back in early February how the antivirus firms remained calm & cool during a round of media hoopla over the Conficker / Downadup worm. Nearly two months has passed since then. It’s now the end of March … and the antivirus firms remain calm & cool.

In other words: nothing has changed.

IBM ISS reports ''AlertCon 1'' (normal) on 31 Mar 09 at 2105 ET

IBM ISS reports ''AlertCon 1'' (normal) on 31 Mar 09 at 2105 ET

In all that time, IBM’s Internet Security Systems never raised its Internet threat level above “normal.” In all that time, Kaspersky Labs never raised its assessment of the worm above “moderate risk.” In all that time, McAfee never raised its global threat condition due to Conficker / Downadup. In all that time, the SANS Internet Storm Center never raised its Internet threat level above “green.” In all that time, Symantec never raised its ThreatCon due to Conficker / Downadup. In all that time, Trend Micro never posted a medium- or high-risk alert over the worm.

And what about antivirus vendor Sophos? Well, in the days leading up to this latest hoopla … they fretted more about Russian brides than the Conficker / Downadup worm.

I still can’t recall a time in the last twenty years when when so many antivirus firms remained so calm during a media circus. A second media circus, no less. Color me stupified.

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  • By xfmrhsdNo Gravatar, 31 March 2009 @ 10:25 pm

    Maybe, just maybe, the anivirus firms are actually slow learners, just now “getting it”. They are waiting for the outcome of this media hype, if nothing ensues, they claim victory for selling such great protection. If significant damage occurs, they claim a dire need for computer users to buy their antivirus products to prevent future devestation to our most delicate data. It’s the “save or create” scenario, they win either way. My only question, how did conficker get in the news in the first place? It apparently does nothing as of the latest “reports”. It seems to only have “changed” to do something on 1 April. The best practical joke? The one that never happens.

  • By gordonfNo Gravatar, 31 March 2009 @ 11:08 pm

    http://www.antiwindowscatalog.com/index.asp?mode=rant&id=61

    Compared to Jesse Hirsh at the CBC, anti-virus firms are the calming voices of reason! Bartender! A round of Irony, 2001 vintage, for everyone!

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