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Malware whitelisted by Chinese antivirus after third-party bribes

Elaborate scam to fleece online shoppers.

Cyber criminals have managed to hide their malware under the cover of a popular Chinese antivirus product, after they allegedly bribed the staff of a third-party gaming company to include the malicious code within their legitimate apps.

According to Check Point Software, IT security company Qihoo 360 unintentionally whitelisted malware as part of the complex cyber attack.

Feixiang He, a security researcher with the Check Point research team, said the criminals bribed employees of a Chinese gaming company into including their malware among the legitimate apps it sent to Qihoo 360.

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