October 1, 2012 | Press Releases

ESET Has Received Its 75th “VB100”Award

BRATISLAVA – ESET, the leader in proactive protection celebrating 25 years of its technology this year, has achieved yet another milestone with its 75th VB100” award from Virus Bulletin - a renowned independent security software testing organization. This makes ESET’s NOD32 Antivirus the recipient of more VB100 awards than any other AV product on the market.

ESET NOD32 Antivirus 5 was tested in the Windows 7 environment, achieving impressive results in all categories. “Still maintaining an epic run of success in VB100 testing, ESET’s current product line has grown pretty familiar over the last few years and rarely gives us much trouble,” states Virus Bulletin in its latest report. The VB Award is highly esteemed in the antivirus industry due to its rigorous testing methods, because there is no entry fee and repeat testing is not allowed.

“Our 75th VB100 is a true milestone for ESET and comes 14 years after we won our first award with NOD32 1.00. It was a great start for the NOD32 product. Once again, in 2012, this award is a testament of the stability and reliability of our technology and teamwork,” says ESET CEO Richard Marko.

“Even though these awards have become expected of ESET, it increasingly requires more effort and flawless job performance as the pressure mounts,” adds ESET Chief Research Officer Juraj Malcho.

Additionally, ESET partners up with Virus Bulletin for the annual VB Conference, which is held in high regard by the AV community. The 2012 event kicked-off on Wednesday in Dallas, Texas.  

ESET researchers are presenting the following papers:

ESET researchers are presenting the following papers:

  • Defeating anti-forensics in contemporary complex threats – Aleksandr Matrosov, ESET Senior Malware Researcher and Eugene Rodionov, ESET Malware Researcher, discuss the steps that should be taken to defeat self-defence mechanisms, locate hidden storage on the hard drive and read plain data.
  • BYOD:(B)rought (Y)our (O)wn (D)estruction? - Righard Zwienenberg, ESET Senior Research Fellow, outlines a list of pros and cons of the BYOD trend that employers and institutions should consider, including those for Internet-aware devices not thought of as dangerous or even potentially dangerous.
  • Dorkbot: hunting zombies in Latin America - Pablo Ramos, ESET Latin America Awareness & Research Specialist, talks about the most impactful malware of 2011 in Latin America, commenting on the ways Win32/Dorkbot's activity in Latin America differs from the rest of the world, including trends that involve Internet usage, social media and user education.
  • Gataka: a banking trojan ready to take off? - Jean-Ian Boutin, ESET Canada Malware Researcher, presents the discovery of this banking trojan along with its internal design and similarities with another well-known banking trojan: Win32/SpyEye. Among other things, both share the same webinject configuration file syntax.


  • ACAD/Medre: industrial espionage in Latin America? - Robert Lipovsky, ESET Security Intelligence Team Leader and  Sebastian Bortnik, ESET Latin America Education & Research Manager, showcase the investigation of a series of events of an impactful ACAD/Medre, a signature created for a piece of malware atatcking related to the popular design software.  The case study takes us from the beginning of the research to its end: its discovery, why it was noticed, how it was analysed, the key features of the code and the overall attack design.
  • My PC has 32,539 errors: how telephone support scams really work - David Harley, ESET Senior Research Fellow along with Martijn Grooten (Virus Bulletin), Steven Burn (Malwarebytes), Craig Johnston (Independent researcher), highlight the evaluation and impact of lo-tech Windows support scams (such as cold-calling support scams) that receive far less attention from the security industry, however they have been a consistent source of fraudulent income for some time, and have quietly increased in sophistication.
  • Cyberwar: reality, or a weapon of mass distraction? - Andrew Lee, ESET North America CEO, takes a no-holds-barred, highly opinionated and doubtlessly controversial look at the modern malware industrial complex to examine a range of important questions asked in his study.

 

About ESET
ESET, the pioneer of proactive protection and the maker of the award-winning NOD32 technology which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012, is a global provider of security solutions for businesses and consumers. The Company continues to lead the industry in proactive threat detection. ESET NOD32 Antivirus holds the world record for the number of Virus Bulletin "VB100” Awards, and has never missed a single “In-the-Wild” worm or virus since the inception of testing in 1998. ESET has been selected as one of the most innovative companies in Europe for the 2011 HSBC European Business Awards and holds number of accolades from AV-Comparatives, AV Test and other organizations. ESET NOD32 Antivirus, ESET Smart Security and ESET Cyber Security (solution for Mac) are trusted by millions of global users and are among the most recommended security solutions in the world.

The Company has global headquarters in Bratislava (Slovakia), with regional distribution centers in San Diego (U.S.), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Singapore; with offices in Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Prague (Czech Republic). ESET has malware research centers in Bratislava, San Diego, Buenos Aires, Singapore, Prague, Košice (Slovakia), Krakow (Poland), Montreal (Canada), Moscow (Russia), and an extensive partner network for more than 180 countries.

About Virus Bulletin
Virus Bulletin was launched in 1989 as a specialized magazine intended for PC users, focusing specifically on PC viruses, their detection and prevention. Virus Bulletin carries out independent comparative testing of antivirus products. The VB Award is highly esteemed in the antivirus industry due to its rigorous testing methods, because there is no entry fee and repeat testing is not allowed. VB also organizes an annual VB Conference for antivirus professionals that is highly respected in the antivirus community.