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Consumer Reports Cause Stir By Creating New Viruses


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Posted 05 September 2006 - 05:58 AM

ConsumerReports - an American consumer testing organisation - is currently the subject of concerted criticism. They dared to modify known viruses on a grand scale for an anti-virus software test. The fact that these did not find their way into the wild doesn't seem to matter to the critics.

Experts from McAfee, Sophos and Kaspersky are queuing up to heap ever greater condemnation on this supposed taboo-busting...

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Posted 05 September 2006 - 08:52 AM

Ethics and Virus Testing

Opinion: How come discovering vulnerabilities and writing exploits is "research," but viruses for testing is a crime against humanity?


Response to the controversy over the tests performed recently by Consumer Reports on anti-virus products.
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Posted 05 September 2006 - 09:35 AM

I'm wondering: They created 500 viruses, how did they make sure they work? I mean to test if the virus works in the wild, wouldn't they need to release them?
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