Archive for January, 2010

Panda @ AV-Comparatives

January 26th, 2010 19 comments

After some years we have decided to participate again in the tests.

The main driver for this decision has been the evolution of the methodologies employed by AV-Comparatives. We are happy to see that cloud-scanning components of products are also tested and this of course is important for testing Panda products as they incorporate not only signature-based cloud-scanning but also cloud-heuristics.

We will participate in all the main tests of AV-Comparatives (On-Demand, Retrospective, False Positive, Malware Removal, etc.) as well as the new Whole-Product Test which is a very promising test which replicates user experience.

However AV-Comparative’s Retrospective Test (which consists of freezing a 2-week old signature and testing against new malware to see how good the heuristic engine is) still does not use cloud-heuristics which are present in Panda products. Even though this methodology will penalize Panda’s products to some degree, we believe it is important to be present in the rest of the tests performed by AV-Comparatives.

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Blog Comment Spam Honeypot

January 25th, 2010 6 comments

One of the most common vectors for distributing malware nowadays is spamming blogs with comments pointing to malicious sites that host exploits, malware, rogue antiviruses or other types of scams.

In order to analyze the huge volume of spam comments that come in through our various Panda Blogs (PandaLabs, Panda Research, Panda Cloud Antivirus Blog, etc.) Iker from PandaLabs has developed a “blog comment spam honeypot” which is basically a modified Akismet plugin for WordPress. The honeypot basically posts everything that Akismet detects as spam into an XML which is then processed and all links are followed to detect malware, exploits, drive-by downloads, etc.

If you have a wordpress blog and would like to install the honeypot to send your trapped spam to PandaLabs for analysis, simply download and install the blog comment spam honeypot.

Thanks to Iker for all his work on spam research.

OT: Vacation

January 1st, 2010 12 comments

Happy new year everybody !

I’m taking some days off with the family. This is the view our from cabin :)


I’ll be back in a few days…. maybe :)

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