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The Big 3-0!

Created: 09 Feb 2007 08:00:00 GMT • Updated: 23 Jan 2014 18:52:43 GMT
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We recently hit a big milestone here at Symantec Security Response:30 VB100 awards in a row! This means that for every VB100 test forwhich we have submitted a product, we’ve detected all the threats onthe latest WildList without missing a threat and without triggering afalse positive on a clean file. For a little perspective, this streakstretches all the way back to the last century (OK, 1999) with theNovember 1999 VB100 test for Windows 98. We think this a prettyremarkable achievement in consistency and reliability.

There were a couple other notable items in the latest test, not theleast of which was that it was the first VB100 that covered Microsoft’snew Vista operating system. We were one of several security companieswho notched a win on the inaugural Vista VB100, but there were a few ofus who didn’t quite make the cut.Note that malware on Vista is more than a theoretical danger, as we’vealready seen the signs of threats at least attempting to infectVista-based systems from our Global Intelligence Network.

There has been a lot of work going on over here at Symantec tosupport Microsoft’s latest technologies such as Vista and Office 2007.In fact, we recently rolled out support for the new Office 12 fileformats in our engine to prepare for a potential new series of threatsusing Office 2007 files. Alongside recently unveiling our newanti-keylogger and Trojan heuristics engine (named SONAR), things havebeen busy around here lately!