WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Authentium, the leading developer of security software-as-a-service technologies, rejected claims made by Virginia-based iDefense earlier this week that the antivirus industry had responded slowly to the Warezov Internet worm outbreak (the worm is called "Stration" by iDefense and some antivirus vendors).
According to John Sharp, Authentium's CEO, "The iDefense claim that antivirus vendors failed to spot the Warezov payload is just flat-out wrong. The Authentium virus research team decompiled the highly sophisticated payload hidden inside the Warezov worm several weeks ago, within hours of the release of our first Warezov antivirus updates."
"When our researchers first decompiled the payload, they discovered information they felt may enable law enforcement to act against the criminals who created this threat. Rather than publicize this information, we worked up an analysis and contacted the authorities. We could have gone public with our findings, but instead we chose to share the data with government agency investigators in order to help them find and prosecute the criminal offenders. This was absolutely the right thing to do," Sharp explained.