Symantec Protects Against First Known Trojan
Horse for the Palm Operating System
Symantec’s AntiVirus Solutions Protect Against Palm.Liberty.A
CUPERTINO,Calif. -August 29, 2000
- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:
SYMC) today announced that it protects against the first known Trojan
horse for the Palm platform – Palm.Liberty.A. This program was released
as a patch for a Palm application called Liberty, but it was actually
a malicious program that deletes applications from the Palm device.
"Norton AntiVirus detects Palm.Liberty.A on the desktop PC
before the malicious application is synchronized to the Palm device,”
said Vincent Weafer, senior director of the Symantec AntiVirus Research
Center (SARC). “Symantec is prepared to protect its customers against
emerging malicious threats across a variety of platforms.” "
SARC does not have any confirmed reports of users being affected
by this Trojan. However, if a user believes that his or her Palm
device is infected, the user should set the Hot Sync manger to Desktop
Overwrite Handheld. This procedure overwrites the infected files
with the clean version on the desktop.
Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus customers can download the current
virus definition set, which includes protection for the Palm.Liberty.A
Trojan horse through Symantec’s LiveUpdate feature or from the Symantec
Web site at www.symantec.com/avcenter/download.html.
Symantec AntiVirus Research Center
SARC is the industry’s largest dedicated team of virus experts.
With offices located in the United States, Japan, Australia, and
the Netherlands, the sun never sets on SARC. The center’s mission
is to provide swift, global responses to computer virus threats,
proactively research and develop technologies that eliminate such
threats, and educate the public on safe computing practices. As
new computer viruses appear, SARC develops identification and detection
for these viruses, and provides either a repair or delete operation,
thus keeping users protected against the latest virus threats.
Symantec, a world leader in Internet security technology, provides
a broad range of content and network security solutions to individuals
and enterprises. The company is a leading provider of virus protection,
risk management, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management
and mobile code detection technologies to customers. Headquartered
in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in more
than 33 countries.
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