According to tuaw.com, they recieved info about the McAfee Virus Program being true. The director of worldwide PR for McAfee says:
The application you blogged about is indeed a genuine McAfee project. We are always working on new platforms including the popular ones. In this particular case we were running a test to validate some recently developed technology. We happen to be first to test AV technology for iPhone. We’re happy that iPhone users are already getting excited about it, as evidenced by your blog and the thousands of people who are trying out the application. Still, we are not ready to announce a new product, our development work is in the early stages.
We hope you can understand why we were so concerned about this in the beginning. I still stand by my previous statement:
McAfee would not go around Apple and beta test a virus scan program for the iPhone through a hacker community. That would mean they support jailbreaking your iPhone (which voids your warranty) to install their app. They would more likely go through Apple’s App Store to distribute their product. The only way it would be real is if it was leaked or stolen from them and distributed without their permission.
This was all to be private but was leaked somehow. It was not meant to be released to the public. We did test this on Brooke’s iPhone earlier with no problems. I just installed it before writing this article and the source and install went fine. Of course since this is in beta and not meant for public be aware there still could be problems. Brooke did comment on battery drain earlier but background scanning can be turned off and on via settings. We will be doing a full review tomorrow.
I hope everyone understands we were cautious and aggressive about this at first in order to keep your iPhones safe. Thanks to those who were sending us correct info, we just had to verify it from McAfee first.