Every day at work I usually, at least once, check current news stories on all the MSM sites (primarily, starting with CNN and FOXNews respectively)
just to see what most other people see when they browse the internet looking for news.
Today, I was reading a story on Fox News about google and saw a link to this CNET story on pifts.exe ..
March 10, 2009 12:43 PM PDT
Symantec creates havoc with unsigned Norton patch
by Elinor Mills
This is proof that we were all over this one.
Earlier today,In the news story on CNET, you would have seen mention of abovetopsecret and an actual link to one of the posts in this very discussion
But at 2:45 PST the news story was edited and that entire part of the news story was completely deleted..... It would have been nice to know why
exactly. Oh well.
The company pulled the patch after three hours and then unwittingly laid the groundwork for conspiracy theorists after it started deleting forum
posts related to the matter. The company was not censoring the posts, but fighting off a spam attack, according to Kyle.
"At the same time we were pulling down the patch a spammer created a new account on our forum and minutes after that there were 200 new users all
targeting the same thread," he said. "Within the first hour there were like 600 posts to that thread. Obviously it was a bot creating this."
The posts were written with poor grammar and broken English and some were vulgar and nonsensical. It is possible, though, that Symantec could have
inadvertently deleted some legitimate posts while it was purging the spam, Kyle said.
Sure... A "SPAM ATTACK"
What about the hundreds of people that actually directly called the company demanding answers only to be given the runaround, no explanations, and
then left out to dry?
And if they really were being attacked with a bot spamming pifts threads, then
1- Why was that never mentioned here?
2- Why were the only complaints here of threads being deleted only applicable to people with actually legitimate threads, some of them hundreds of
posts long of posts by actual members of their discussion forums??
This is the way i see it..
This story is much bigger than people are giving it credit for. They were caught and are trying to publicly explain themselves. Perhaps some threads
were being spammed. But you would think we would have heard something about it here considering probably hundreds, if not thousands, of people were
monitoring their discussion forums for any updates regarding the mysterious pifts.exe ..At the same time posting here in this thread telling us what
they were finding (which was that all the legitimate threads demanding answers on pifts were being deleted for no apparent reason).
The patch for 2006 and 2007 versions of Norton Internet Security and Norton Antivirus, a program dubbed "PFST.exe," (Product Information
Framework Trouble Shooter) was distributed to collect anonymous statistics on matters such as how many computers are using the products and what
operating system they are running, Jeff Kyle, group product manager for Symantec consumer products, said Tuesday.
For starters, I think even CNET mispelled it (I believe it is "PIFTS.exe" not "PFST.exe"). Interesting, in itself, when you think about it.
And then the only link to conspiracy discussion on the topic was, itself, deleted a couple hours later.
News story started
March 10, 2009 12:43 PM PDT
Updated 2:45 p.m. PDT with link to forum site and explanation, Washington Post reporting that hackers created malicious related sites that appear
in Google search.
And no reason given for excluding everything else that was deleted.