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McAfee false-positive glitch fells PCs worldwide

Postby TeMerc » Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:26 pm

By Dan Goodin i
Posted in Security, 3rd July 2009 22:48 GMT

IT admins across the globe are letting out a collective groan after servers and PCs running McAfee VirusScan were brought down when the anti-virus program attack their core system files. In some cases, this caused the machines to display the dreaded blue screen of death.

Details are still coming in, but forums here and here show that it's affecting McAfee customers in Germany, Italy, and elsewhere. A UK-based Reg reader, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized by his employer to speak to the press, said the glitch simultaneously leveled half of a customer's 140 machines after they updated the latest virus signature file.

nwz Continued @ The Register
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