Symantec Confirms Anonymous Stole Assorted Source Codes

January 26th, 2012 at 1:42 am

Data security company Symantec has confirmed that Anonymous, a hacker group/ Internet freedom advocates (however you want to view them), stole the source code of several Nortorn security products from its 2006 line as well as the pcAnywhere remote access tool.

Although Symantec claims the theft actually happened in 2006, the company becomes concerned after hackers who claim to be part of Anonymous said they had the source code and are willing to release it to the public.

While Norton insists that users of their products do not suffer any increased risk of attack because the source code is old and security improvements have already been made since the theft, the company worries that customers of pcAnywhere may have increased risk due to this.

Symantec has since released a patch for pcAnywhere version 12.5 to fix three vulnerabilities and says it will continue issuing patches until a new version of the program that covers all known vulnerabilities is released. Nevertheless, the company also recommends disabling pcAnywhere for the time being unless very necessary.

Source: Ars Technica


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