SOURCE: Barracuda Networks

Barracuda Networks

June 10, 2009 17:25 ET

Barracuda Networks Warns Against Rogue Antivirus Program

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - June 10, 2009) - In light of reports of increasing incidents of scareware and rogue antivirus programs recently appearing on the Internet, Barracuda Networks Inc., the worldwide leader in content security appliances, today announced it is aware of a Web site promoting a rogue spyware program called "Barracuda Antivirus." If downloaded, reports indicate that the program performs a fake scan of the user's computer, when in actuality it is installing spyware that will subsequently display pop-up ads and other unwanted applications.

"This rogue 'Barracuda Antivirus' program is in no way affiliated with Barracuda Networks and is just one of a string of recent examples of hackers attempting to spread malicious programs using an established and trusted Internet security brand," said Stephen Pao, vice president of product management for Barracuda Networks. "Our threat databases have been updated to protect all Barracuda Networks customers from visiting or downloading content from this rogue site and we advise all businesses and consumers to work directly with their trusted Internet security product vendors directly when deciding which solutions will best suit the needs of their networks."

In addition, Barracuda Networks is reaching out to fellow Internet security vendors to ensure that their databases are also updated to protect customers from inadvertently accessing the Web sites that are hosting the fake executable program.

About Barracuda Networks Inc.

Barracuda Networks Inc. built its reputation as the worldwide leader in content security appliances by offering easy to use and affordable products that protect organizations from email, Web and IM threats. Barracuda Networks has leveraged its success in the security market to offer networking products that improve application delivery and network access as well as world-class solutions for message archiving, backup and data protection. Coca-Cola, FedEx, Harvard University, IBM, L'Oreal, and Europcar are amongst the 70,000 organizations protecting their networks with Barracuda Networks' solutions. Barracuda Networks' success is due to its ability to deliver easy to use, comprehensive solutions that solve the most serious issues facing customer networks without unnecessary add-ons, maintenance, lengthy installations or per user license fees. Barracuda Networks is privately held with its headquarters in Campbell, Calif. Barracuda Networks has offices in 10 international locations and distributors in more than 80 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit www.barracudanetworks.com.

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