Security Spotlight: Virus Information Sites
Regular readers of this newsletter will recognize that I tend to revisit the same sites for security news and information, including my favorite source of information for virus news, discoveries, ratings, and reports. I cheerfully confess that I turn most often to Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus center for such information simply because my company has adopted Norton AntiVirus software for general use. That said, there are many other useful sources of virus information: some are general, while others relate to other specific anti-virus software products. Here’s a list of potential sources of such information, presented in alphabetical order (URLs appear later, in Table 1).
- CERT: The Computer Emergency Response Team at Carnegie-Mellon University acts as a clearinghouse for computing threats and vulnerabilities of all kinds, including malicious software (viruses, worms, Trojans, etc.). Check here for object, platform-agnostic reporting on malware of all kinds.
- Computer Associates: Like other vendors on this list, CA provides up-to-date virus news and information on its Web site, primarily to support its anti-virus products and services.
- F-Secure: A less well-known but capable anti-virus product from this company also garners its own Web pages for virus news, information, and reports.
- McAfee Security: As a leading vendor of anti-virus software, McAfee supports that software with a comprehensive virus database, reports, summaries, news and information. Also offers free Web-based virus scanning services.
- Sophos: Another leading anti-virus software supplier, Sophos also supports its software with the usual battery of information elements: news, reports, databases, and copious information.
- Symantec: My virus information resource of choice, Symantec’s terminology and rating system are what this newsletter has adopted to explore and explain recent virus news and discoveries.
- Trend Micro: Another leading anti-virus software supplier, Trend Micro also supports its software with the usual battery of information elements: news, reports, databases, and copious information.
- US Dept of Energy (DOE): At the agency’s CIAC (Computer Incident Advisory Capability) you’ll find pointers to numerous other sources of anti-virus information, since the agency itself no longer maintains an anti-virus database or newsfeed.
- Virus Bulletin: An independent, platform agnostic virus news and information service, this site provides excellent coverage of viruses but also offers lots of supplementary information and pointers to tools and resources.