This blog is primarily concerned with NIS 2007 (and a bit on NIS 08). I have nothing to say about more recent versions.

This blog is more or less dormant (except for occasional comments on related news), and is being left on-line as a historical record and perhaps as a warning to future generations of anti-virus coders.


Symantec deletes reasonable PIFTS questions

I couldn't let this pass.

The appearance of a file in a non-existent folder suggests rootkit-like behaviour. PIFTS.exe attempts to contact a server in Africa, which has been traced to Symantec.

These conspiracy theories were further fanned by Norton's decision to delete threads on its forums related to the update. ... Symantec claims it wasn't censoring posts, but rather fighting off a spam attack. "Within minutes, several dozen user accounts were created commenting on the initial thread, and/or creating new threads on the topic," the company says in a statement. "Over the next few hours, over 200 user accounts were created. Within the first hour there were 600 new posts on this subject alone."

Well duh. You make a major, multi-layer, screw-up like that, then fail to explain yourself promptly, and then you're surprised and shocked that your customer base reacted with dozens or even hundreds of perfectly-reasonable questions?

What - are you really that stupid?


Please - get a brain and have it installed.

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