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Symantec's Latest Tool for Fighting the Bad Guys

Techstination feature for Monday, September 21, 2009

The latest tool for fighting the bad guys online. I'm Fred Fishkin with technology BootCamp, a report on gadgets and gear. Some of the biggest threats online these days...are pretty small. That's the assessment of Symantec, maker of Norton Internet Security, where senior VP Rowan Trollope says...

"The bad guys realized that they don't have to get a single threat onto millions of computers in order to make money. What they could do is just distribute their threats to a very small number of PCs and then they change them and then they distribute it to five more PCs. And then they change it again and five more. "
And then when they're only on a few PCs at a time, no one's detecting them.
"Exactly, it's called obscurity."

So the new Norton Internet Security 2010 product is using technology called Quorum to examine each file to detect threats even if they haven't been seen before using a kind of reputation system.

"This technology closes that final gap that the guys have been exploiting for four years. So it's real exciting in that way.

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