Vicars plagued by false security alert

Church of England vicars have been plagued by an incorrect spyware alert sent out by Symantec.

Many C of E vicars use a software tool called Visual Liturgy to plan and deliver church services.

Unfortunately Symantec wrongly identified a file integral to Visual Liturgy as a piece of spyware. It issued a “false positive” alert for its Norton Antivirus software auto-update.

After receiving the update users were prompted to delete the file, which then rendered Visual Liturgy inoperable.

It is estimated the planning at up to around 4,500 churches was affected by the mistake. Symantec says it has corrected the false positive.


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