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French security researcher fined

by Nikola Strahija on March 14th, 2005 Security researcher Guillaume Tena was found guilty for acting unlawfully in publishing proof of concept code to highlight security flaws in ViGuard, (an antivirus product produced by a French company Tegam).

He was fined 5000 euro, but this verdict could potentially have big implications for security research in France. Four years ago Tena (AKA Guillermito) released proof of concept code to highlight security bypass and worm evasion flaws in ViGuard. He released exploits showing that this generic anti-virus failed to stop "100 per cent of known and unknown viruses" as it claimed. Tena posted his findings to a French Usenet newsgroup before re-publishing the research on a website in March 2002.

Tena was prosecuted over alleged violations of French copyright law. The company argued a warez version of its software was used in Tena's tests and claimed that he decompiled or disassembled ViGuard and distributed part of its source code on his website. He denies these accusations. Tegam is also seeking damages against Tena in a separate civil case.

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