Apr 30 2008   4:40PM GMT

Nerds go wild at no-holds barred malware contest

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A new contest running at the Nerdcon hacker event this year has caused a great deal of controversy. Hackers have had the gauntlet thrown down to them by being challenged to design malware that cannot be detected by Symantec or McAfee software.

The contest is dubbed Race to Zero, which presumably refers to zero-day exploits, and not the number of friends that hackers typically have.

The contest has been criticised by anti-virus suppliers for encouraging hackers to thwart their products and teaching virus writers new tricks. Which is a little odd, frankly, given the value of the anti-malware upgrade market.

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