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McAfee Anti-Fraud Expert Facing Fraud Charges on 11 Counts

Brett Oliphant, a security researcher behind ScanAlert, the ‘Hacker Safe’ certification company that McAfee acquired recently, is facing fraud charges in Indiana.

Oliphant, together with his brother, is charged on 11 counts of securities fraud in transactions that allegedly amount to more than $1.2 million.

Oliphant was charged in December and his trial date is set for November 18; the trial will be conducted at the Elkhart County Superior Court in Indiana.

Oliphant helped ScanAlert build auditing technology and then with the ‘Hacker Safe’ certification program, and moved on to McAfee after the former was acquired by McAfee.

McAfee acquired ScanAlert for $ 54.9 million in January 2008 and has since rechristened the ‘Hacker Safe’ certification to ‘McAfee Safe’.

The Hacker Safe/McAfee Safe certification was designed to reassure potential customers that the website they are visiting are protected against online fraudsters.

Not many knew about Oliphant's arrest until blogger Ronald van den Heetkamp posted news about it on May 19.

When approached, a McAfee spokesman refused to comment on the matter or confirm whether Oliphant was still on the company rolls.

The spokesperson maintained that ‘McAfee does not comment on the private affairs of others, legal or otherwise’.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.