Antivirus vendor Symantec hopes to benefit from privacy concerns sparked by the serial number burnt into Intel?s new Pentium III processor.
To allay the criticism of privacy groups, Intel has now announced software that switches off the serial number in the Pentium III, but last week, Zero Knowledge Systems said it had found a way to detect serial numbers over the Internet, even if they had been switched off by the software. The method involves a small ActiveX program that ?steals? the serial number and puts it in an Internet cookie.
On Friday, however, Symantec announced it had devised new antivirus software to counter Zero Knowledge System?s serial number stealing program, which is included in the latest weekly update of Symantec?s Norton Antivirus.
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