Botched antivirus knocks out 10% of Coles registers

    Date21 Apr 2010
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Havoc decended upon Coles stores across the country this morning after 10 per cent of the company's cash registers were knocked out by a botched McAfee anti-virus update. The Internet Storm Center, an initiative of the SANS Technology Institute which monitors problems on the web, said "the affected systems will enter a reboot loop and lose all network access." Universities, hospitals and businesses were among those reporting problems after the update misidentified a valid Windows system file as malicious code and caused computers to continually reboot.

    Coles spokesman Jim Cooper confirmed today that 1100, or ten per cent, of Coles' cash registers were knocked out by the issue.

    "It's a moveable feast with us but we have been affected by it - so it's been a pretty tough morning out there," said Cooper.

    "The registers that were affected couldn't be operated and there were a number of stores that actually had to be closed because there were too many registers down in those stores for the store to be able to trade.

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