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    MILLIONS of Chinese computers may have been paralysed by a faulty anti-virus update from Symantec, the world's largest security software provider, the state's official media has reported.

    Millions of Chinese systems collapsed after the update
    An automatic update to the Chinese version of the Norton anti-virus software sent out last Friday identified two critical files of the Microsoft XP operating system as malicious code and deleted them, the China Daily said.

    Millions of computer systems collapsed as a result, with users unable to restart their computers or reinstall their operating systems, according to an earlier report by Xinhua news agency.

    The China Daily said some of the company's clients, mostly corporate users, have demanded compensation ranging from 100,000 yuan ($16,000 dollars) to several million yuan.

    The company has made a formal apology but it is yet respond to the compensation requests.

    The China Daily said California-based Symantec is one of the major players in China's corporate anti-virus market, holding about seven percent of the market by the end of 2006.



    Symantec sends crippling update | Australian IT:
    http://australianit.news.com.au/stor...-15306,00.html
    Cheers,

    Daniel Petri
    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
    MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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    Re: Symantec has done it again!

    Originally posted by danielp View Post
    MILLIONS of Chinese computers may have been paralysed by a faulty anti-virus update from Symantec, the world's largest security software provider, the state's official media has reported.

    Millions of Chinese systems collapsed after the update
    An automatic update to the Chinese version of the Norton anti-virus software sent out last Friday identified two critical files of the Microsoft XP operating system as malicious code and deleted them, the China Daily said.

    Millions of computer systems collapsed as a result, with users unable to restart their computers or reinstall their operating systems, according to an earlier report by Xinhua news agency.

    The China Daily said some of the company's clients, mostly corporate users, have demanded compensation ranging from 100,000 yuan ($16,000 dollars) to several million yuan.

    The company has made a formal apology but it is yet respond to the compensation requests.

    The China Daily said California-based Symantec is one of the major players in China's corporate anti-virus market, holding about seven percent of the market by the end of 2006.



    Symantec sends crippling update | Australian IT:
    http://australianit.news.com.au/stor...-15306,00.html
    I don't care I'm not Chinese!

    Pretty screwed up that they messed up and are barely taking blame for it. Gotta wonder how many legit copy of the software were affected - Symantec AV or Windows for that matter. Piracy is rampant in China.
    Andrew

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