Eugene Kaspersky tough on recent McAfee RAT report.

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  1. Baserk

    Baserk Registered Member

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    "Two weeks ago, McAfee made headlines with its description of 'Operation Shady Rat', which involved the hacking of and theft of data from 72 organisations in 14 countries. With characteristic bluntness, Eugene Kaspersky has now responded by claiming that the report was guilty of scaremongering and disseminating deliberately distorted information.
    The head of the Russian anti-virus vendor believes that the malware is "a lame piece of homebrew code that could have been written by a beginner."

    -From 'The H Security/Heise Online' article; link

    And mr. Kaspersky's blog post 'Shady RAT: Shoddy RAT'; link
     
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    PJC Very Frequent Poster

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    Very interesting!
    Thanks! :thumb:
     
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    Ouch.
     
  4. funkydude

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    I don't think there is an AV company in existence that hasn't used scaremongering tactics to try entice users into using their products. Blogs are a beautiful place to do so also.

    Scary new virus can blow up your PC but use our product and you're fine!!!!
     
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    I only have an issue with mr. Kaspersky's remark;
    "In addition, the way the malware spread – via masses of spam messages with infected files attached – is now considered to be old hat..."

    The McAfee RAT report mentions specifically targeted spear-fishing, not a bomb-away mass spam campaign.
    I wonder how/why mr. Kaspersky changes spear-fishing into large volume spam.
    NB. Heise Online mentioned the above, it made me wonder.
     
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