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Anti-virus industry running on fear and dodgy statistics

Anti-virus experts say the metrics surrounding the spread of computer viruses and worms leave a lot to be desired, and have criticised some companies for attempting to capitalise on fear, uncertainty and doubt. Chy Chuawiwat, managing director of mail filtering software company Clearswift’s Australian business, said some of the data he’s seen companies release just doesn’t add up. “Why is no-one questioning them?” he asked. “The industry is running on fear, uncertainty, doubt and unsubstantiated statistics.” Recalling one instance where he saw two vendors ‘racing’ each other on the prevalence statistics of a virus, Chuawiwat says he saw the estimated distribution figures from both vendors incrementing by 50,000 in sequential updates. He says there’s no way that data could be backed up. Full Story

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