Symantec Finally Ditches Faulty Antivirus Bounceback Spam

from the took-'em-long-enough dept

We first mentioned this problem nearly a year ago, though others have been talking about it for longer. Email viruses these days tend to spoof the “from” address and make it either something random or someone else’s address from the same addressbook they’re spamming. Since so many network antivirus systems have been setup to alert the sender if they’re sending a virus, this means plenty of innocent people get slammed with antivirus spam from antivirus systems telling them they sent out a virus – when they did no such thing. Symantec seems to have finally gotten the message and agreed to make their antivirus systems stop sending back email warnings. Other antivirus vendors are expected to follow suit.

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