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Sophos says sorry over Google Analytics false alarm

Updated Sophos has apologised after its security screening technology went awry and began falsely warning users when they visited websites running Google Analytics. The false positive - which identified web content served up from as malicious code (specifically HTMLGen-A) - kicked in at around 05:15 GMT and …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2011
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F-Secure Mac security scanner bug bins benign files

F-Secure has apologised about a bug in its consumer-focused Mac security software that left surfers fighting against their own browsers as clean files were wrongly classified as malign. A faulty definition in the beta version of F-Secure Mac Protection meant that the software had been wrongly identifying some benign files as …
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2011
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Symantec slaps Trojan alert against Spotify

Symantec has apologised over a cock-up that resulted in the incorrect classification of streaming music service Spotify as a Trojan on Thursday. A misfiring anti-virus definition update caused Symantec's Norton security software to wrongly classified Spotify program files as malign and shuffled them off into quarantine. …
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2010
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AVG slaps Trojan label on core Windows file

Some users of AVG were left with unusable Windows systems after the popular AVG security scanner software slapped a Trojan warning on a core Windows component. AVG tagged user32.dll as a banking Trojan following a signature update issued on Sunday, advising users to delete the "harmful file". Users following this advice would …
John Leyden, 11 Nov 2008
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AVG tags ZoneAlarm as Trojan

A dodgy anti-virus update from AVG wrongly flagged up the popular ZoneAlarm firewall as a Trojan on Tuesday. The mis-firing AVG definition file tagged components of ZoneAlarm as infected with the Agent_r.CX Trojan horse and quarantined important files. As a result users running the popular antivirus package alongside security …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2008
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Trend virus update freezes some PCs

Problems with antivirus updates from Trend Micro left some users with unusable computers late last week. The signature update, pushed out on Friday morning, incorrectly identified key Windows system files as being infected with a Trojan. The security software quarantined these important files leaving users with unstable …
John Leyden, 8 Sep 2008

Yahoo! Messenger! Trojan! false alarm!

Check Point's personal firewall software falsely identified a component of Yahoo! Messenger as a Trojan this week. ZoneAlarm Pro mistakenly pegged an audio conferencing ActiveX control within Yahoo Messenger as the Yspy Trojan. As a result users of the software were prompted to delete yacscom.dll, a critical component of the …
John Leyden, 13 Jun 2008

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