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Does publishing virus source codes help security?

by Donna Buenaventura / April 1, 2004 5:48 AM PST

According to Chaouki Bekrar, security consultant and chief editor of French website K-otik, posting the source code for viruses and exploits helps network administrators combat the threat posed by malicious hackers and script kiddies. Attackers have all day to seek exploits in hacker fora, while security professionals do not. K-otik is known for posting code to exploit flaws in Cisco's IOS, Microsoft Windows, and Linux. However, Raimund Genes, president of European operations for antivirus firm Trend Micro disagrees, arguing that sites like K-otik help unskilled individuals build malicious code. Mr. Genes argues that malware site are worse than sites with instructions for explosives, since no raw materials are necessary for malware. Mr. Bekrar blames software developers who produce flawed applications for the virus threat. Struan Robertson, specialist in e-commerce law and editor of out-law.com, notes that such sites are legal because they do not actively incite people to commit cybercrimes with malicious code.


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