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Kaspersky researcher sees tough road ahead for antivirus detection

Security researchers who develop signatures to detect malware and other insidious software are finding themselves increasingly under attack, according to Vitaly Kamluk, Kaspersky Lab's chief security expert based in Japan. Kaspersky is currently in a legal battle against a former Austrian security researcher who designed a program that can track the IP addresses of antivirus vendor malware analysis sites and ultimately make malware work differently on those security researcher systems, weakening antivirus detection. Kamluk said similar attempts to undermine signature writers and the increasing use of "greyware," software that isn't malicious, but can be used by criminals to carry out an attack, are causing problems for the security community. In this interview, Kamluk talks about the ongoing legal battle and his recent research on how botnet operators sell their services using a technique that dodges law enforcement.

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