McAfee is suing Symantec for defamation to the tune of $1 billion. The latest twist in the anti-virus rivals' legal saga came after Symantec claimed that McAfee admits its products contain stolen code.
In a response to McAfee?s statement made last week (see Newswire, 20 August), Symantec said McAfee has contradicted three of its earlier statements by saying its flagship Virus Scan package contains Symantec code. McAfee said Symantec?s statement was a lie and promptly filed a defamation suit for $1 billion damages.
Symantec vice president and chief technical officer Enrique Salem said: "It is remarkable that McAfee attempt to downplay their culpability by claiming that even though the Symantec code is presentin Virus Scan, it is not ?used?." Symantec did not mention McAfee?s claim that the code is publicly available on the Internet.
Both companies have made statements dismissing the other?s point of view and will go to court. "We look forward to the jury trial," Salem said.
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