McAfee Site Advisor Gives us the "Bad" Rating
McAfee SiteAdvisor is a service that is available to everyday users to determine the "safety" of websites. The idea behind it is that you can use their software prior to visiting to determine whether or not you want to visit a site. It is very similar to the Google warnings, and Stop Badware. It was recently pointed out to me that Offensive Computing is now officially listed as a bad site.
I'm not upset by this, in fact, I think it's a really good idea to have us listed here. The big reason for this is that we do in fact collect and spread malware albeit for research purposes. The type of people that would use the SiteAdvisor service really have no business coming here. It's a good thing.
If SiteAdvisor actually rated us down because we distribute malware that would be a completely valid reason. Instead the reason listed on their site at the time of this writing was the following:
"When we tested this site we found links to reconstructer.org, which we found to be a distributor of downloads some people consider adware, spyware or other potentially unwanted programs."
Frank Boldewin runs reconstructer.org and he makes valid contributions to the field of research. This entire conviction reeks of automated scanning. Since Frank analyzes real malware he probably had a sample included in his files. Since we link to his site (happily I might add) we are therefore guilty. This seems like an extremely naive way to perform a test of maliciousness. What's more a quick glance of other malicious sites reveals that we are in good company. Examples of other malicious sites include projects such as Metasploit.
UPDATE 2/21/2008 We are now officially listed as "good". Thanks McAfee