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Takeovers in the IT-Security Industry

I just sow a post by AV-Comparatives called  “AV-Comparatives Explains the Implications of Takeovers in the IT-Security Industry” The entire article is very interesting and it is worth reading. And it is also objective and valid as well! Great job, AV-Comparatives! What made me write this post is the graphic at the end of the post (courtesy of AV-Comparatives):   I became immediately nostalgic  when I sow that it starts with 2003, the acquisition of GeCAD by Microsoft. I was there when this happened! For those who don’t know, I started my career in cybersecurity in 1999 at RAV Antivirus, produced until 2003 by GeCAD. I was in the industry when all these M&A happened and I was actually working with some of them when they were acquired. I am still working with some of them. 😉 Of course, the most interesting one was Avira being acquired twice in 12 months. I was no longer working as an employee of Avira, but I was working with Avira in 2020, when it was first acquired. I don’t know if these acquisitions are the only ones that happened in the AV industry, but this list it is for sure the most complete…


Products of big security companies flagged as deceptors by Appesteem

Appesteem maintains the Deceptor list, a list of programs who do not respect their requirements. The deceptor list contains most of the time emergent products who want to make $$$ very fast by using some gray-area techniques. I personally have never seen a product of any established company in this list.   To my surprize, while working on the VB Conference paper described in the previous post , I saw two products: Avast Driver Updater since August 5 :   There is a bunch of AV companies already blocking the installer/app from running: Dr.Web ESET K7 Malwarebytes Panda Sophos Trend Micro VirIT Webroot Microsoft      AVG TuneUp Premium since June 4th: There is a bunch of AV companies already blocking the installer/app from running: AegisLab BitDefender Emsisoft GData Ikarus Symantec Microsoft   They are both violating the ACR-004. ACR-004:App offers an ongoing subscription service, but does not offer free fixes for the free scan results shown. For Driver Update utility, it can ask for one time fix payment, but not the term based service payment.   If we see the submission date, it is clear that these are no mistakes: they are business models and the companies are not…



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