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Antivirus programs unreliable during critical coverage gap

The reactive nature of IT security is a well-known weakness that puts defenders at an inherent disadvantage against attackers. Unfortunately, it's also a flaw that's extremely difficult to correct; teaching virus scanners to correctly identify new threats without also generating false positives is no simple task. In theory, anti-malware products have gotten considerably better at this sort of work, but if recent research done by the chief scientist of FireEye, Stuart Staniford is correct, our antivirus dragnet has considerably more holes in it than previously suspected.

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