Any AV Vendor caught creating virus???

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Newbie_Curiosity, May 30, 2004.

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  1. just wonder, in history any AV Vendor being caught because of creating Viruseso_O
  2. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

    Jul 21, 2003

    I've never heard of one doing that. If caught, it would ruin the company.

    There are plenty of bad guys out there to take care of writing malware. :)
  3. tazdevl

    tazdevl Registered Member

    May 17, 2004
    AZ, USA
    Why would they do that? Have you been watching the X-Files?

    Big part of any AV company's success is their reputation in the market (in addition to a decent product). Logic prevails and my answer is NO.

    As my main man ronjor stated, there are plenty of bad guys out there writing viruses. There no need to an AV company to try to artificially stimulate demand since having an AV these days is mandatory.
    Last edited: May 30, 2004
  4. Pigman

    Pigman Registered Member

    May 15, 2004
    Well, if Enigma Software decided to put out an AV, I wouldn't put it past them to stuff it with several dozen viruses/trojans. :p
  5. Tweakie

    Tweakie Registered Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    Well. Until yesterday, I'd have say "no" without any
    hesitation. But today, I came accross something surprising.

    The head of the R&D department of a french company
    (TEGAM) producing a generic anti-virus (ViGuard)
    published a confidential report and several articles
    (in the Virus Bulletin and in a french security-related
    magazine aimed at IT professionals, called MISC) about
    the next generation trojan horses. He co-authored
    some of these articles with another security expert
    (Eric Detoisien, aka valgasu). They announced that they
    had developped a proof-of-concept stealth trojan horse
    that was able to bypass most (if not all) personal
    firewalls and proxies with authentication. Such a
    trojan horse could therefore be used for penetrating
    a corporate network.

    I've recently been astonished to see that the C++
    sources of this PoC trojan horse are distributed
    on the personal webpage of E. Detoisien*, and that
    they can be readily compiled** (the Visual Studio
    workspace is included in the archive !). The trojan
    horse distributed is absolutely similar to the one
    described in the articles. Note however that this
    program is a trojan horse, and not a virus or
    a worm (it does not replicate).

    This is the first story of this kind I've ever heard about.

    *Link removed. Thanks but we don't want links to sites that make such tools available - LWM
    ** well, when I executed it, it completely messed up
    the functions it was supposed to hook, I need to
    investigate a bit to see if this is a bug or if this is
    "by design"...
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