F-Secure Gets Called Out On Mobile Virus FUD

from the are-your-BS-definitions-up-to-date? dept

Finnish anti-virus firm F-Secure has developed quite a reputation -- not necessarily for their products, but because of the ridiculous amount of hype they've spun regarding the largely theoretical threat of mobile malware and viruses. Other vendors and smartphone OS developers have made fairly general comments that the actual threat has been overhyped, but now one of the company's rivals has called it out by name, claiming F-Secure has created a market for their product through their incessant fear-mongering. An F-Secure exec, unsurprisingly, denies the claim, but perhaps he hasn't been at the company long enough to remember the many various instances it's done exactly that. The truth remains that the risk of infection by a mobile virus is extremely low, while their potential for damage is limited by many factors. The F-Secure guy says he can't understand why anything they've done is bad for business, which is hardly surprising, really -- but creating a market that's based only on irrational fear your company whips up really isn't a great plan for long-term success.


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    marduk carovnik, Jul 24th, 2006 @ 10:08am

    F-Secure Gets Called Out On Mobile Virus FUD

    Quote: but creating a market that's based only on irrational fear your company whips up really isn't a great plan for long-term success.

    Hmm, it seems to work for Americas war on drugs.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 24th, 2006 @ 10:13am

    Re: F-Secure Gets Called Out On Mobile Virus FUD

    That last word is the key to the sentence.

    There has been no success in the war on drugs. The problem gets worse every day | month | year.

     

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    Sanguine Dream, Jul 24th, 2006 @ 10:33am

    Lawsuit?


    Other vendors and smartphone OS developers have made fairly general comments that the actual threat has been overhyped, but now one of the company's rivals has called it out by name, claiming F-Secure has created a market for their product through their incessant fear-mongering. An F-Secure exec, unsurprisingly, denies the claim, but perhaps he hasn't been at the company long enough to remember the many various instances it's done exactly that.


    So in about six months (or however long it takes them to realize they aren't making any money) F-Secure is gonna sue that rival that called them out.

     

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    Tashi, Jul 24th, 2006 @ 10:58am

    "F-Secure has created a market for their product through their incessant fear-mongering."

    If I didn't know better I'd think they were part of Homeland Security.

     

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    Eric, Jul 24th, 2006 @ 11:13am

    F-Secure has a product?

    Frankly, they didn't do a very good job at marketing, even with all this alleged fear-mongering. I thought they were just a security analyst company.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 24th, 2006 @ 11:15am

    So the rival says they were overhyping the problem? How does that work? Buy our products, cause you don't really need them anyway?

     

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    anonymous coward, Jul 24th, 2006 @ 11:33am

    f-secure is in FUD pre-school. how many hundreds of millions of dollars has halliburton made on Bush's whipped up threats of terrorist attacks?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 24th, 2006 @ 11:47am

    "F-Secure has created a market for their product through their incessant fear-mongering."

    If I didn't know better I'd think they were part of the global warming crowd.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 24th, 2006 @ 1:45pm

    Re:

    *** WARNING - BLATANT TROLL ***

    The previous post was a blatant troll. Waste time replying at your own risk.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll

     

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    heavyw8t, Jul 24th, 2006 @ 5:27pm

    This allegation has been circulating for years. Every new virus brings the charges that Norton or McAfee is creating them to seel more product.

     

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    kurt, Jul 24th, 2006 @ 8:24pm

    read the end of the article

    if you folks are just about done with your usual knee-jerk anti-anti-virus reactions you might want to take a close look at the end of the referenced article where the f-secure representative said mobile malware was not a big problem...

    it's hard to take ca's claims that f-secure is making mobile malware out to be a huge risk when f-secure is quoted by the media as saying the opposite...

     

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    jobe, Jul 25th, 2006 @ 8:04am

    I have looked somewhat into the problem of mobile security and there really are problems. I can't imagine these will disapear with new and more sophisticated models either :-). Allso i find it quite natural that phone manufacturers don't flash these issues openly. F-secure have developed budget antiviruses for a long time but what their mobile product does i don't know. Obviously enough that it's competitors don't trust it to die naturally though. IMHO this article is part of the real FUD attack.

     

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    Todd, Jul 25th, 2006 @ 8:26am

    America's "war on drugs" is a myth

    After the US Army occupied Afghanistan, opium production soared to new heights. Likewise, after taking out Manuel Noriega in Panama, the flow of cocaine into the US increased substantially.

    There are plenty of "drug lords" that contribute lots of money to US politicians and other government officials so that they look the other way and allow the flows of drugs to continue unabated.

    It would take a lot of guts for any politician to try to do anything significant to go against these forces. The last one to seriously try was Robert F. Kennedy and we all know what happened to him.

    Every once in a while the Feds need to make a big bust just to make the public think they are really trying to stem the flow. Most of the law enforcement activity is is aimed at users rather than the suppliers, which has little if any effect other than to put a lot of small dealers and users in prison.

    By de-criminalizing drugs and treating them as we do alcohol, you would remove most of the profit and then the drug pushers would have to find something else to do.

     

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    Le Blue Dude, Apr 10th, 2007 @ 8:32pm

    Huh

    Oddly enough that's how Listerine got it's market. Before Listerine people did not care about bad breath.

     

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    Busana Muslim, Oct 6th, 2009 @ 7:58am

    Not surprising; big guys always fool us ....

     

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