March 11, 2009, 12:23 PM — On Monday, users of Norton Internet Security and Norton Antivirus started seeing firewall alerts warning them that an executable named PIFTS.exe was attempting to connect to stats.norton.com. Conspiracy theories immediately started to spread like wildfire. What exactly was PIFTS? Was Symantec surreptitiously monitoring its users? Or was this something much more sinister?
The discussion raged on sites such as Slashdot and on forums across the internet. Symantec fanned the flames when they started deleting questions about PIFTS which had been posted to their web forum without explanation. What did they have to hide? To make matters worse, users searching for information on PIFTS found that they were being directed to malicious websites. Read more about PIFTS.exe>>