They’re both about the Race to Zero contest being held during the Defcon 16 conference.
What is the Race to Zero contest? The contest organizers describe it as:
The event involves contestants being given a sample set of viruses and malcode to modify and upload through the contest portal. The portal passes the modified samples through a number of antivirus engines and determines if the sample is a known threat. The first team or individual to pass their sample past all antivirus engines undetected wins that round. Each round increases in complexity as the contest progresses.
David and Randy do a great job of laying why the Race to Zero is a bad idea… Anti-virus developers are receiving samples of thousands of new viruses and other malicious programs every month we don’t need contests that encourage the creation of new viruses.
Anti-virus software is not 100 percent effective and is often grossly oversold… It’s a risk mitigation tool that when used in combination with Sex Hex practices can reduce your chances of having your system compromised by malware.
Update: Eugene Kaspersky, one of the most respected people in the anti-virus industry weighs in on the Race to Zero here. Suffices to say he’s vehemently opposed to it.