Can the malware industry be trusted?

Friday, 9 June 2006, 1:09 AM EST

Internet security is big business. Microsoft Windows and Office vulnerabilities have made major contributions to making it -- and keeping it -- that way. Today, players like McAfee, Symantec, and dozens of other firms fight for a share of a market worth tens-of-billions of dollars a year. I would like to think that this industry displays the same high degree of ethical standards and integrity shown by other first-responders: our police forces, firefighters, and paramedics. Sure, there are bad apples in the bunch now and then, but on the whole they are a admirably honest and trustworthy group. I don't think nearly as highly of the computer security industry.

At NewsForge.

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