Photos: Inside the antivirus control centre

Photos: Inside the antivirus control centre

Summary: gets to the bottom of mobile phone virus claims, inside F-Secure's Helsinki HQ

TOPICS: Security

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  • What does it all mean? Mikko Hypponen, CTO at F-Secure, talks through the data and describes the arms race which is going on between the antivirus industry and the virus writers who are increasingly involved in wider, offline organised crime.

    The technology on display within the operation centre is vital for the fight against the ever more sophisticated systems being used by the criminals.

  • Test site: Following recent headlines about the issue of mobile phone viruses, and strong disagreement with some of F-Secure's claims from other industry experts, Hypponen introduces us to the steel vault in which the company tests actual mobile phone viruses.

    "Nobody is allowed to take a phone in here," he explains, as the company's techies will be deliberately infecting Nokia handsets while they are in the vault and understandably don't want those infections to leave the strictly controlled laboratory conditions. A few headlines about 'hype' is one thing; starting an outbreak is the kind of PR they could certainly do without.

  • The writing's on the wall: The door says it all.

Topic: Security

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