Interview with Joel Smith of AppRiver

The Storm Worm, which made headlines a few weeks ago, was one of the first worms that came out with a known capability for infecting Windows Vista. Given the ever increasing threat of worms of this nature and the more rapidly adaptable tools malicious people are using, it's no wonder that many companies are turning to third party solutions to help them keep their own offices safe.

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Joel Smith, the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of AppRiver. AppRiver is a spam filtering and virus filtering company that does pre-filtering on mail, taking the load off onsite hosted servers. We talked about the nature of mail-propagating worms these days, as well as what role third parties are playing in putting a stop to them. If you've ever wondered exactly why large companies are finding themselves needing extra help or about how the nature of Internet worms is changing, you'll find the interview interesting. One particular tidbit that stood out for me was the future of "Storm":

"... we actually think that this deployment was a test run. It was so quick that we think they were just testing the grounds, and in the next week or two they may plan a much more sophisticated campaign."

Could it be on its way back? We also went a bit into what role his company plays in fighting spam and worms.

View: Interview with Joel Smith of AppRiver @ TechSpot

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If something needs the user to click Yes in order to infect your system, which could be the case on other OSs also, not just Windows.

How much of the blame can you put on the OS? Maybe every app could be run in a sandbox or in a restricted user account, but when it comes to accounts, and UAC in Vista, those are all up to the end user again, if people don't want to mess with UAC they'll just turn it off, if they don't like the restriction of a lower account, they'll just run as admin or root.

You can't fight the end users at the end of the day. The only thing you can hope for is a nice balance in the middle somewhere.

I still can't believe that malware that infects people by running attached EXE files is still an issue. What's wrong with people?