McAfee flaw may open computers to spammers

McAfee’s SaaS for Total Protection service could allow spammers to send spam from users’ PCs

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McAfee flaw may open computers to spammers McAfee has discovered a flaw in its SaaS for Total Protection service, which could allow spammers to send spam out from a users' PC.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  January 19, 2012

A flaw in McAfee's SaaS for Total Protection service could make customers' computers vulnerable to cyber-criminals who could use their PCs to send out spam, according to Reuters.

The anti-virus software maker, which is a unit of chipmaker Intel Corp, disclosed the flaw in a message to customers on its website on Wednesday.

McAfee spokesman Ian Bain told Reuters that at least one customer had fallen victim to such an attack, which uses a flaw in the McAfee SaaS for Total Protection.

The web-based Total Protection service is designed to protect customers from viruses hidden in emails and websites.

According to Bain, the flaw was in a piece of software that McAfee customers install on their PCs to enable them to use the service.

While the flaw could enable hackers to send spam from machines with the McAfee SaaS for Total Protection download, the flaw does not let hackers' access data on an affected PC, Bain said.

The company is currently working to try and fix the bug and McAfee said it hope to have it fixed by today.

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