Posted Apr 8, 2006 18:56 UTC (Sat) by copsewood
In reply to: big deal
Parent article: Crossplatform virus - the latest proof of concept
AV researchers obviously have an interest in seeing what black
hats can do before the latter release viruses into the wild.
However, cooperating beyond this level of passive observation,
e.g. by offering incentives of any kind to get blackhats to
write viruses would, if ever found out, result in much
too great a loss of reputation with their customers on
which the anti-virus business is based to be worth any
competitive advantage that might otherwise have resulted. Would
you ever buy anti-virus products from a company that you knew
had cooperated with black hats to the point of offering
incentives to them ? How could you trust such products not
to do bad and deceptive things on your system if the
ethics of the AV vendor had been compromised in this way ?
If your answers, like mine are no and you couldn't, then don't
imagine the legitimate AV community hasn't already thought
about this issue with the greatest of care.
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