Consumer Reports creating viruses?
Posted: Thursday, August 17 at 08:42 pm CT by Bob Sullivan
Consumer Reports recently conducted one of the most thorough tests ever of antivirus programs. But to really put these security programs through the paces, the magazine hired a firm to create 5,500 new viruses, using them to test the antivirus software products for their ability to detect unexpected threats.
Now antivirus companies are crying foul, saying the magazine ignored a long-standing principle not to invent new viruses.
"Creating new viruses for the purpose of testing and education is generally not considered a good idea,” wrote Igor Muttik of McAfee's antivirus lab on a public company blog this week. “Viruses can leak and cause real trouble." The entry helped touch off a firestorm.