HD Moore: Google's Binary Index No Big Deal


Security researcher HD Moore's conclusions about the possible impact of would-be hackers using Google to find malicious binary files?


No big deal.


Moore, who publicly released a Google-based search tool that targets malicious executables, tells IDG that after looking through 4 gigs of executables, he found very little malware. Google's ability to index binaries has drawn a lot of attention in the last few months, but Moore says there's not enough stuff indexed for either white hats or black hats to get excited.


We'd add that with the well-documented evolution of hacking from a cottage industry to a criminal enterprise, the most serious threats to enterprises most likely come from would-be attackers who need to Google for their malware.


For its part, Google appears to have blown away the malware indexes found by Moore's tool.

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