Truth About Computer Security Hysteria
AVHQ hides its ties to CheyenneRob Rosenberger, Vmyths co-founder
Wednesday, 4 February 1998
"AVHQ.ORG" RECENTLY APPEARED with "the latest, most up-to-date Anti-Virus test information... We pull no punches in our anti-virus tests and reviews and when we find poor performance we will let you know about it fast!" A person named Richard Levey announced its existence on 8 January in an NCSA forum on CompuServe.
This in itself didn't grab my attention — but then Solomon's employee Graham Cluley asked the person a simple question. Is he the same Richard Levey who works for Cheyenne, the antivirus firm now owned by Computer Associates? Levey didn't respond to the query (CompuServe data shows he hadn't returned to NCSA's forum to read messages as of today).
avhq.org purposely hides its ties to Cheyenne. Why?
www.avhq.org doesn't mention a relationship with Cheyenne. Furthermore, InterNIC lists a company in Chicago as the domain owner and a "Robert Strabismus" as the administrative contact. But a close inspection of InterNIC data reveals interesting coincidences:
Further research uncovered the following:
Conclusion? avhq.org purposely hides its ties to Cheyenne. Questions immediately follow:
Ask yourself these questions whenever you see test results produced by "Anti-Virus Headquarters Inc."
Some trivia: John McAfee used the same trick in the 1980s when he formed the "Computer Virus Industry Association" as a publicity vehicle. And since I mentioned iRiS, I can't help but notice they recently acquired the virusmag.com domain...
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