If you're a conscientious computer user, you make sure to keep your antivirus software up-to-date. It's the only way to guard your computer from viruses and malware, right? According to a recent story by MIT's Technology Review, no.
Antivirus Software: Unreliable?
The story states that the antivirus software we have all counted on to shield our information is no longer as effective as it used to be. More and more advanced viruses are being developed daily that cannot be detected by current antivirus software. This can be very concerning as many of us use the Internet every single day.
Burned by Flame
The Technology Review story concentrates on Flame, probably the most complicated instances of malware ever discovered. According to the story, Flame has been copying documents and making recordings of audio, keystrokes, network traffic and Skype calls and taking screenshots of all this activity from the computers it has infected. What’s the worst part? Flame has been doing this for at least two years, based on the Technology Review story. And during this time, not a single bit of security software discovered this particularly clever bit of malware.
An Industry Under Siege
Wouldn’t it be nice if Flame was the only malware that could get by antivirus software? Unfortunately, this is not the case. There are quite a few that are more than difficult to detect and as soon as antivirus software gets upgraded, malware is developed that challenges it even more. This doesn't mean you shouldn't take all measures available to protect your computer, like keeping your antivirus software up to date. You ought to just be aware that there are viruses out there that may sneak through. Hopefully the antivirus industry will eventually catch up with the growth of viruses and malware.>