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    Determining virus name

    Hi everyone,

    Could someone explain to me how the AV companies determine the name of a new virus they find?

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    Roach4

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    Here is a link to Symantic naming conventions
    http://securityresponse.symantec.com...vnameinfo.html
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    Well.. that was fast but I'm not talking about Suffixes and Prefixes .. I meant the NAME of the virus. Like Mydoom, Beagle or Netsky... what determines the choice of those names?

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    Roach4

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    How about this

    The first virus with a given set of characteristics that mark it as a distinctly new entity receives a "family" name. Virus researchers draw the family name from some identifying quirk in the virus--a text string, perhaps, or a payload effect.
    From http://www.infotech.siu.edu/csc/howt...virusnames.htm
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    This should answer your question
    http://www.cknow.com/vtutor/vtnames.htm

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