May 23, 2006
"...Malware writers are targeting their attacks and testing their code to ensure it is undetectable by antivirus products before it is distributed. According to the survey, 98 percent of respondents have deployed an antivirus application and yet 45 percent reported being infected by a virus or worm
. Graham Ingram, general manager of AusCERT, said that cybercriminals are making a "concerted effort" to defeat antivirus technology -- and they are being successful. "Because there are criminal elements involved, this is a concerted effort to defeat the antivirus," Ingram told ZDNet Australia. "We have very strong evidence that the malicious code and Trojans we see are being tested to make sure they are not detectable on release … they are there to try and take money, so the defeat of antivirus software is a significant factor". Antivirus companies admit that certain malicious code is able to bypass their signature and heuristic-based technology..."