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Monday, May 21, 2007

Norton AV upgrade cripples thousands of Chinese computers

An update issued May 18th disabled several thousand computers across China. The Norton AntiVirus update caused the computers to recognize two Windows XP files as malicious and remove them. The result was a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) error after a system reboot.

The files removed by Norton are lsasrv.dll and netapi32.dll. The security software tags the files as being a malicious backdoor named appropriately Backdoor.Haxdoor Trojan. Only Chinese language versions of Windows appear to be affected so far. The software is listed as Norton 360, which includes the Norton Anti-Virus software.

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