Symantec sued for false positive

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Jun 1, 2007

Chinese FP issue leads to court case.

A Chinese lawyer has begun court proceedings against security firm Symantec, claiming damages as a result of the widely-publicised false positive the product raised against a vital Windows component two weeks ago.

Speculation about possible compensation payments has been in the air ever since the incident, which lasted a few hours on 18 May and is thought to have affected tens of thousands of users across China. Now a Guangdong Province lawyer is seeking a payment of around $213 for the effects of the false positive on his system, and success in the case could lead to many more suits being brought by other users hit by the issue.

More details can be found at Chinese news agency Xinhua, here, with some comment from Mary Landesman at here.

Posted on 01 June 2007 by Virus Bulletin



Latest posts:

New paper: Collector-stealer: a Russian origin credential and information extractor

In a new paper, F5 researchers Aditya K Sood and Rohit Chaturvedi present a 360 analysis of Collector-stealer, a Russian-origin credential and information extractor.

VB2021 localhost videos available on YouTube

VB has made all VB2021 localhost presentations available on the VB YouTube channel, so you can now watch - and share - any part of the conference freely and without registration.

VB2021 localhost is over, but the content is still available to view!

VB2021 localhost - VB's second virtual conference - took place last week, but you can still watch all the presentations.

VB2021 localhost call for last-minute papers

The call for last-minute papers for VB2021 localhost is now open. Submit before 20 August to have your paper considered for one of the slots reserved for 'hot' research!

New article: Run your malicious VBA macros anywhere!

Kurt Natvig explains how he recompiled malicious VBA macro code to valid harmless Python 3.x code.

We have placed cookies on your device in order to improve the functionality of this site, as outlined in our cookies policy. However, you may delete and block all cookies from this site and your use of the site will be unaffected. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to Virus Bulletin's use of data as outlined in our privacy policy.