I just revisited New Scientist’s report on the Qinetiq patent for modifying files to stop them executing.
As John Leyden cited my previous blog on the topic here referring to my job at ESET, I thought it best to continue the discussion there. Having spent some time looking at the patent application, I don’t think the idea is as dumb as the New Scientist article suggested, but there are still significant problems.
David Harley FBCS CITP CISSP
Chief Operations Officer, AVIEN
Director of Malware Intelligence, ESET