Tomorrows VirusFast Moving and Deadly: The Sum of Our Fears?
Opinion: The CEOs of two security companies put a scare into David Coursey as they describe how much damage the bad guys could do if they really try.Recent virus outbreaks only hint at an even more dangerous future, say two security company CEOs I sat down with recently. One was the CEO and co-founder of Zone Labs, Gregor Freund; the other was John Patzakis, CEO of Guidance Software, publisher of computer forensics and incident response applications. While some of todays viruses have been serious problems, Freund said they are not nearly as evil as whats possible if the bad guys really try. So far, weve seen evil viruses and fast-moving ones, but what if? Well, heres how the Zone Labs boss describes the scenario: "Imagine the destructive power of the Witty worms payload, which progressively destroyed disk contents, sector by sector, combined with the transmission vector of an MS Blast or a Sasser," Freund said. But if that isnt bad enough, it gets worse. "Not to give anyone ideas, but what if such a combo targeted the security infrastructure or something like anti-virus updates?"
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