Can the malware industry be trusted?

By | June 8, 2006

Internet security is big business. Microsoft Windows and Office vulnerabilities have made major contributions to making it — and keeping it — that way. Today, players like McAfee, Symantec, and dozens of other firms fight for a share of a market worth tens-of-billions of dollars a year.

I would like to think that this industry displays the same high degree of ethical standards and integrity shown by other first-responders: our police forces, firefighters, and paramedics. Sure, there are bad apples in the bunch now and then, but on the whole they are a admirably honest and trustworthy group. I don´t think nearly as highly of the computer security industry.

Remember Dan Geer, the widely respected security guru who used to be CTO at @Stake? He´s been in the news again recently. The last time I saw that much news about Geer, it was when he was fired by @Stake after presenting an assessment critical of Microsoft and “monoculture.”Read Full Story

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