OT: virus on the wild?

Robert J. Hansen rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Thu Jan 22 14:51:23 CET 2009

Faramir wrote:
> So, my first question is about if this is too much off topic to talk
> here about it (I figure PGP-Basics OT can the a better place, but I
> thought it was a good idea to send this message here, since it seems
> it's a "big issue", and not everybody uses pgp-basics-ot).

It's probably off-topic for here, but then again, Werner, David and the
others have generally been fairly indulgent of off-topic posts.  Still,
let's do them a favor and not continue it longer than necessary.

> And the second question is: Does somebody know about this virus? Is is
> as fast spreading as it looks like?

Yes.  No.  Moo.  Ten pounds of flax.  Getting accurate intelligence
about the spread of malware is a very difficult task.  Vendors like to
sound authoritative, but the reality is they're often almost as much in
the dark as the rest of us.

> And the third and last question is: why the AV detected the virus
> _before_ I visited the site?

How do you know that it actually did?  AV software has false positives
and false negatives.

People tend to put much more faith in AV software than they should.

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