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Symantec says a buggy diagnostic program spurred a rash of Norton antivirus user complaints late Monday and Tuesday morning....

...Users reported that Norton's own firewall software was popping up error messages asking them if they wanted to install the PIFTS.exe file. Norton's firewall would have let it pass, had it been digitally signed...

Symantec began deleting the messages, assuming they were from spammers...

...Soon the SANS Internet Storm Center had picked up on PIFTS.exe and noted that Symantec discussion-group messages were being deleted. Noting that messages mentioning the mysterious file name were being deleted from Symantec's support forums, SANS said that something &quot;truly bizarre was going on.&quot;...

...Then the hackers stepped in. By midday Tuesday, criminals began posting malicious Web pages that would pop up high on Google searches for PIFTS.exe.

&quot;With parts of the Internet flustering over the Symantec / PIFTS.exe debacle, hackers have set out to poison search engines in an attempt to cash in on unsuspecting computer users...

...&quot;Of course, the fake anti-virus scan is not related to Symantec or the PIFTS.exe file,&quot; Cluley added. &quot;It's just that the hackers are using the interest surrounding that file at the moment to generate traffic to their dangerous Web sites.&quot;