Peter Szor, a senior director of malware research at McAfee and a renowned expert in the field of computer security, died on November 12, 2013, at the age of 43. His cause of death was not disclosed, but he had been battling a serious illness for some time. He is survived by his wife, Linda, his son, Daniel, and his many friends and colleagues who admired his work and personality.
A Brilliant and Humble Mind
Peter Szor was born in Hungary in 1970 and developed an early interest in computers and programming. He started his career in the anti-malware industry in 1990, when he created one of the first antivirus products in his country, Pasteur AntiVirus. He later joined F-Secure in Finland, where he worked as a lead virus researcher and engine developer. He moved to California in 1999 to work for Symantec, where he was involved in the analysis of some of the most complex and advanced malware ever seen, such as Zmist and Duqu. He also wrote the best-selling book The Art of Computer Virus Research and Defense, which is widely regarded as a classic and authoritative reference in the field. He joined McAfee in 2011 and continued to work on innovative solutions to stop malware.
Peter Szor was not only a brilliant researcher, but also a humble and generous person. He was always eager to learn from others and to share his knowledge and insights. He was a frequent speaker at security conferences and a long-standing member of the Virus Bulletin advisory board. He also contributed to several publications and blogs, where he demonstrated his deep understanding and passion for his subject. He was respected and liked by his peers and colleagues, who described him as kind, fun, and caring.
A Legacy of Excellence and Inspiration
Peter Szor’s death is a huge loss to the security industry and the community. He left behind a legacy of excellence and inspiration for the current and future generations of malware researchers and defenders. He also left behind a family and friends who loved him dearly and miss him greatly.
We offer our sincere condolences to Peter’s family and friends. We also honor his memory by continuing his work and following his example of professionalism and integrity. We thank him for his contributions and achievements, and we hope that his work and testimony will continue to benefit and inspire many more people in the years to come.