McAfee SiteAdvisor blocks SANS

Summary:Showing you just how much they understand about security, McAfee blocked the SANS website, sans.org, as well as giac.

Showing you just how much they understand about security, McAfee blocked the SANS website, sans.org, as well as giac.org and sans.edu, with their SiteAdvisor application, listing it as a "bad" site.

Interestingly enough, SANS sites are some of the best sites to go to for security related news.  Several people count on SANS for training on many security topics, and SANS also hosts one of my favorite websites, the Internet Storm Center Handler's Diary.  This site catalogs the daily events of Incident Handlers and provides intuitive thoughts on new attacks and how to deal with them.

Of course, I was not surprised when I browsed to their site today and saw that it was flagged by SiteAdvisor... it's not the first time they've shown us just how useful their tools are.

From the Handler's Diary, the comments on being blocked by McAfee:

When we look at the site reports, giac.org and sans.edu are bad simply because they have links to the sans.org web site.  The sans.org web site is now considered bad because of two links in CVA newsletters that point to exploit samples on 3rd party web sites.

We have submitted a comment via the SiteAdvisor web site and are simply waiting to hear back if they change the site status in their database.

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Just in case you were starting to forget McAfee's blunders, they step up to the plate and remind us why Joseph Pierini, director of enterprise services for the "Hacker Safe" program is the obvious front-runner for the Pwnie Award for lamest vendor response and make us question why they are not also up for the Most Epic FAIL pwnie award, where they'd likely give Lifelock CEO Todd Davis a run for his money. -Nate

Topics: Software Development, Browser, Security

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