Here’s why the scanners on VirusTotal flagged Hello World as harmful

Last week, on August 10, a security researcher who goes by the handle “zerosum0x0” posted an interesting image to Twitter, it was the code behind a debug build of an executable.The code was ‘Hello World’ – the training example used to teach new coders. When the executable was submitted to VirusTotal, several firms flagged it as a problem.Salted Hash wanted to learn why training code was deemed malicious, so we asked the vendors to explain it. Here’s what we learned.The buzz around machine learning and artificial intelligence has grown over the last year or so in the security world. The vendors leveraging it are doing what they can to cash-in and improve performance to that they can be the undisputed champions of the market.The experiment by “zerosum0x0” gained attention because the vendors flagging the code are advanced defense systems that promote their usage of machine learning.The code in question can be seen in images on Twitter. Again, this is training code, something all novice coders use. Why then is such basic code being flagged as suspicious, harmful, or outright malicious by notable vendors such as Cylance, Sophos, McAfee, SentinelOne, CrowdStrike, and Endgame?The example by “zerosum0x0” was just a single test… Read full this story

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