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PC’s and servers running McAfee VirusScan have been deliberately attacked with several PC’s crashing. Several Corporations in Europe simply closed their networks down in an effort to stop the attack.

PC’s and servers running McAfee VirusScan have been deliberately attacked with several PC’s crashing. Several Corporations in Europe simply closed their networks down in an effort to stop the attack.

The attack on McAfee customers around the world is set to cost business millions of dollars after the Trojan crashed half of a customer’s 140 machines despite the operator downloading the latest virus signature file.

“Literally half of the machines were down with this McAfee anti-virus message IDing valid programs as having this Trojan,” an IT consultant told the Register. “Literally half the office switched off their PCs and was just twiddling their thumbs.”

 

When the consultant returned to his office he was relieved that his own laptop, which also uses VirusScan, was working normally. Then, suddenly, when it installed the latest McAfee DAT file, his computer crashed.

The anti-virus program identified winvnc.exe and several other legitimate files as malware and attempted to quarantine them. With several core system files out of commission, the machine was rendered an expensive paperweight.

McAfee has so far failed to offer an explanation for the problem due to Independence Day holidays in the USA.

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