Reports reveal that a total of 1,900 IP addresses using McAfee software had become open proxies for spam messages in the last 45 days
A flaw in McAfee’s SaaS for Total Protection software could expose the software’s computers to cyber criminals who could use it for sending spam.
The company sources told CNET they were aware of the issue and have both threat analytics and development teams diligently analysing the problem and possible solutions.
"We will have more information on the issue shortly," the sources added.
Many of their customers, who are said to have become victims of spammers, said that their emails were blocked by e-mail providers as their IP addresses had been blacklisted for distribution of the spam emails.
Reports reveal that a total of 1,900 IP addresses using McAfee software in the last month and a half have become open proxies for spam messages.
The problem was brought to the notice when McAfee customers complained on the Web.
It was Kaamar blog that first detected a problem on January 4 when its e-mail bounced back with a message saying "Our system has detected an unusual rate of unsolicited mail originating from your IP address."