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[DFRI-listan] DFRI har skrivit under ett öppet brev till antivirustillverkarna

Hej listan!

Det här har vi missat att berätta om på listan. En del grejer hamnar
bara på Twitter [1], andra bara på IRC (#dfri_se på OFTC.net).

DFRI har skrivit under ett brev [2] som ställer några frågor till de
stora tillverkarna av antivirusprogramvara [3]:

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Experts call upon the vendors of antivirus software for transparency

An international coalition of more than 25 civil rights organizations
and security experts is concerned about the level of security provided
by antivirus software companies. “The users of this software should be
ably to rely on the security of their systems. We fear this might be a
false feeling of security.” says Ton Siedsma of the Dutch digital rights
organization Bits of Freedom.

According to the coalition, these companies have a vital position in
providing security and maintaining the trust of internet users engaging
in sensitive activities such as electronic banking. There should be no
doubt that your antivirus software provides the security needed to
maintain this trust.

In the letter, the coalition asks the antivirus companies for
transparency on whether there have been any requests by governments to
not detect the presence of governmental malware and if so, if they have
granted such a request. They furthermore ask how the companies would
respond to such a request in the future.

“It has become very clear that governments will do anything to gain
acces to as much information as possible” says Siedsma. “Requests like
these, coming from law enforcement agencies or secret services, lower
the general level of protection of all users of antivirus software. The
software isn’t just used by suspects, but by all of us. This is
something to be very concerned about, so we have asked the antivirus
software vendors for transparancy on this matter.”

The letter has been sent to the following companies: Agnitum, Ahnlab,
Avira operations, AVG, AVAST, Bullguard, Bitdefender, F-secure, F-Prot,
Kaspersky, McAfee, Microsoft, Nod32, Norton, Panda, Symantec and Trend
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[1] https://twitter.com/dfri_se/status/394006370887802880
[2] https://www.bof.nl/live/wp-content/uploads/Letter-to-antivirus-companies-.pdf
[3] https://www.bof.nl/2013/10/25/experts-call-upon-the-vendors-of-antivirus-software-for-transparency/

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