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rslade
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Re: I have seen this way too often ...

> dcontesti (Community Champion) posted a new reply in Career on 02-17-2020 12:55

> I have seen this but I guess I was lucky, very early on, a competitor called my
> CEO and said:   "you have been hit with a virus"   My CEO: flabbergasted and
> upset, called me.  "his exact words.......WHY HAVEN'T YOU TOLD ME WE WERE HIT"  
> My response "by what" or "by who"   My CEO "well Joe from XYZ corp said we had a
> virus (specific name not important)"   My response "not that I am aware of, but
> please give me 1/2 hour to check into it"   About an hour later:   My response "
> we have checked and checked and we cannot find any trace of that virus or any
> other malware in our environ"

Not exactly on main topic, but:
At one point I was doing some contract work for an outfit that did AV as a kind of
side issue. We kept getting reports from customers that "Symantec/Norton says
we are infected with X" (or Y, or Z). I spent many hours tracking down these
reports, and eventually came to the conclusion that Symantec was generating a
whole bunch of signatures for things that weren't viruses, and weren't even
malware. (Symantec never was my favourite AV when I was reviewing, and after
that I just ignored it completely.)

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rslade
Influencer II

Re: I have seen this way too often ...

> Steve-Wilme (Contributor III) posted a new reply in Career on 02-17-2020 03:57

 

> I've been told viruses are a hoax by a CIO (my boss at the time) and that all us
> security folks are absolutely delusional ...

 

Speaking of Norton, I remember when he was going around saying that viruses were an urban legend, akin to the "alligators in the sewers of New York," and then suddenly he was lending/selling his name to an AV product ...


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isc2_16v
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Re: I have seen this way too often ...

This actually happened to me too. I was the lead tech at a customer site. They had tons of issues/problems and over several years, I managed to clean things up where it appeared all I did was walk into the office and check the ongoing work orders and logs. After a while, the management would ask why I wasn't doing much. Before long, they let me go. Go figure. 🙂