Following on from yesterday’s news that an (as yet unnamed) anti-virus product was being accused by independent agency AV-Comparatives of cheating in its recent tests, there has been a development.
If you recall, AV-Comparatives said that they had discovered that a version of an anti-virus product specifically engineered for testing labs had been submitted for testing. Another vendor was also being investigated for similar reasons.
AV-Comparatives has now posted an update on its Facebook page, saying that it has spoken with other respected testing bodies, and that they are now collaborating on the investigation.
In due course, it appears, a joint statement will be made by AV-Comparatives, AV-Test.org and Virus Bulletin.
UPDATE: AV-Test, Virus Bulletin and AV-Comparatives had a conference call today. Further collaborative investigation is now in progress. We will give additional information in a joint statement with the other labs. We will keep you up to date.
Speculation about precisely who is being accused of breaking the anti-virus tester’s rules is growing, but until any official word comes from the testing community it doesn’t seem healthy to second guess what’s going on.
Although you might find it tempting to leave a comment, naming your least favourite anti-virus vendor, I would appreciate it if you would keep brand names out of the discussion until some facts are known. It would be all too easy to defame an innocent party right now.