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May 6, 2006

Spycar anti-spyware tester

Spycar comprises a suite of routines designed to mimic various forms of spyware (in a benign fashion, of course) and thereby test your anti-spyware tools. The sequence completes with a scoring and clean-up tool that politely reverts the test changes. Having been created by Ed Skoudis of Counter-Hack fame and colleagues from the SANS ISC, one can be reasonably confident that the tests are both effective and safe. The Spycar name is a tip-o'-the-hat towards the EICAR anti-virus test sequence, an old but still useful means of confirming that your antivirus tools are working. Ed, if you're watching, how about phishcar and Troycar too?
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