Virus writers could target gamers

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Technodrome, Jul 31, 2002.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Technodrome

    Technodrome Security Expert

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2002
    Posts:
    2,140
    Location:
    New York
    source: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk

    Consoles need protection from bugs too, say antivirus pros

    Games consoles could be the next targets for bugs, according to antivirus expert McAfee.
    With Microsoft's Xbox gaming community growing, McAfee is worried that manufacturers have not paid enough attention to making systems safe and that the console may be open to attack from virus writers.

    "Malware authors will and do take advantage of any vulnerabilities found within networked common operating environments," said Jack Clarke, product manager at McAfee. "Even if platforms are secure, applications written for them may not be."

    But despite the threat, neither antivirus firm Sophos or McAfee have actually received or seen a virus specifically written for games consoles.

    "No [we haven't seen any] but a quick scout around the internet shows high levels of interest," added Clarke.

    Virus warnings have already been circulated concerning mobile phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants) but again, no specific viruses have been written for either.

    "Everyone should be aware that the more connected we are, the more risks we take," said Clarke. "As we move towards entertainment consoles rather than a pure gaming environment, the need to protect the personal data we collect on these machines rises."


    Technodrome
     
  2. Think this is going to happen soon also. It was this April we had the famous...
    Trojan.NetBuie.A is a Trojan horse that comes disguised as an XBox emulator.

    http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/trojan.netbuie.a.html

    And for those of you who have not kept up with the XBOX after it was hacked...here is a link that will tell you all about the ...



    Xbox Linux Project ..Look MA, no hands!


    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,3988676~root=security,1~mode=flat



    One of these days soon ;-) it will be replacing your desktop PC. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
     
  3. Technodrome

    Technodrome Security Expert

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2002
    Posts:
    2,140
    Location:
    New York
    I remember that one and I am curios how fast AV companies will respond this time.

    I think AV companies did a poor job with Trojan.NetBuie.A

    Who's detecting this trojan:

    ALWIL [undetected]
    H+BEDV [undetected]
    GRISoft [undetected]
    Kaspersky Lab TrojanClicker.NetBuie.a
    SOFTWIN [undetected]
    Dialogue Science BackDoor.NetBuie.100
    Frisk Software security risk or a "backdoor" program
    McAfee [maybe] AdClicker-C
    IKARUS [undetected]
    MkS [undetected]
    Symantec [undetected]
    ESET [undetected]
    Norman W32/Scorpo_based Panda Trojan/W32.Scorpo
    Trend Micro BKDR_EMULBOX.A
    GeCAD RAV Trojan/Win32.NetBuie
    Sophos [undetected]
    CA VET [undetected]
    CA InoculateIT [undetected]
    VirusBuster Trojan.Netbuie.A
    HAURI [undetected]

    This is a Trojan horse but still they all should detect it! People using this kind of stuff...


    Technodrome
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.