Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/03/01/symantec_yahoo_false_alarm/

Yahoo! false! alert! drama!

Symantec snafu now sorted

By John Leyden

Posted in Security, 1st March 2007 11:08 GMT

Faulty signature updates on Wednesday resulted in Symantec's anti-virus packages falsely identifying that Yahoo! mail was contaminated by malware.

The webmail service, currently in beta, was wrongly labelled as being contaminated by the Feebs worm as a result of the snafu.

Symantec published a signature update later on Wednesday that resolved the problem.

Updates to security software signatures can occasionally result in false alarms against legitimate applications, a problem far from confined to Symantec. For example, in November Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare warned that Gmail was infected by malware.

And in February 2006, an update to Microsoft anti-spyware incorrectly labelled two versions of Symantec's anti-virus software as Trojan horse malware. ®