Symantec (SYMC) Has More To Say About Norton Hacking


I detailed the attack by hackers on  Symantec, the maker of popular Norton Antivirus software in my article, ‘œLords Of Kings Hack Norton Antivirus, Are You Safe?’

Subsequently, Symantec’s take on the hacking was detailed in  ‘œSymantec Says Norton Is Safe After Lords of Kings Attack.’

Symantec had stated that the stolen code was 10 years old and did not include the code for its flagship product Norton Antivirus for consumers.

Now Symantec is backtracking. In an email to  The Arora Report,  Symantec admits,

‘œUpon investigation of the claims made by Anonymous regarding source code disclosure, Symantec believes that the disclosure was the result of a theft of source code that occurred in 2006.   We believe that source code for the 2006-era versions of the following products was exposed:   Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition; Norton InternetSecurity; Norton SystemWorks (Norton Utilities and Norton GoBack); and pcAnywhere.   Due to the age of the exposed source code, except as specifically noted below, Symantec customers ‘“ including those running Norton products ‘” should not be in any increased danger of cyber attacks resulting from this incident.

Customers of Symantec’s pcAnywhere product may face a slightly increased security risk as a result of this exposure if they do not follow general best practices.   Symantec is currently in the process of reaching out to our pcAnywhere customers to make them aware of the situation and to provide remediation steps to maintain the protection of their devices and information.   Since 2006, Symantec has instituted a number of policies and procedures to prevent a similar incident from occurring.’          Read More at Forbes


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