July 5, 2016 / 6:30 PM / 4 years ago

U.S. agency warns of security bug in Symantec's anti-virus software

The Symantec logo is pictured on a screen in Singapore June 13, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas White

(Reuters) - A U.S. federal agency issued a security alert over a vulnerability in Symantec Corp’s anti-virus software that allows attackers to remotely control affected computers.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) said in an alert issued to the security industry on Tuesday that it was a “very serious event.”

The agency also advised customers to update their anti-virus software using two patches issued by Symantec. (bit.ly/29ug3Ek)

Reporting by Narottam Medhora in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva

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