Thursday, 8 August 2013

Antivirus Firms: Whitelisting Malware For Law Enforcement Against Policy

Malware designed to help law enforcement conduct surveillance against suspected criminals is not getting a pass by antivirus vendors, according to several leading antivirus firms, which told CRN the companies have strict policies against taking such measures on behalf of investigators or other officials at government agencies.

Whitelisting malware to help law enforcement avoid detection is strictly against policy, the antivirus vendors said. The message from antivirus firms comes just days after child pornography websites cloaked by the anonymizing service Tor were brought down and Eric Marques in Ireland was arrested for allegedly peddling child pornography on sites globally. The sites, hosted by Freedom Hosting, were infected with malware to uncover the identities of people visiting them.

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