Symantec Says Norton Is Safe After Lords of Kings Attack


Symantec, maker of Norton Antivirus, has admitted to a major security breach by a group called the Lords of Dharmaraja, which in English means ‘˜Kings of Religion’.

For background, please see my article from January 6th, ‘œLords Of Kings Hack Norton Antivirus, Are You Safe?‘

In the last piece, I stated the key question, ‘œAre your computers and emails still safe if protected by Norton?’

Symantec has provided the answer in an email to  The Arora Report as follows:

We investigated their claims to Norton Antivirus and found them not to be true and that Norton Antivirus is safe and there this incident has no impact on our consumer products and that are consumer customers are also not implicated and are protected.

Bear in mind, some of the confusion also stems from the name of our products.   Anything starting with a ‘œNorton’ pertains to consumer only.   We didn’t want to drop that brand.   Anything starting with ‘œSymantec’ pertains to our enterprise products only.   So, it’s easy to see how ‘œNorton Antivirus’ and ‘œSymantec Antivirus’ can get confused.

Symantec seems to admit that the Lords of Kings are in possession of a document from 1999 that spells out how the software worked, but claims there was no code in it.

Symantec also admits the Lords of Kings have successfully hacked and obtained the code for Symantec Antivirus 10.2, a product that is not the same as Norton Antivirus.

The other product in question is Symantec End Point Protection 11.0.   The current version of End Point Protection is 12.2…Read More at Forbes




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