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How antivirus software can be turned into a tool for spying

In the battle against malicious code, antivirus products are a staple

Nicole Perlrothjan | Bloomberg 

It has been a secret, long known to intelligence agencies but rarely to consumers, that security software can be a powerful spy tool. Security software runs closest to the bare metal of a computer, with privileged access to nearly every program, application, web browser, email and file.

There's good reason for this: Security products are intended to evaluate everything that touches your machine in search of anything malicious, or even vaguely suspicious. By downloading security software, consumers also run the risk that an untrustworthy antivirus maker - or hacker or spy ...

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First Published: Wed, January 03 2018. 01:53 IST
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