Symantec issues a warning and recognizes that the source code for several of the company’s security software has been stolen by hackers.
Security company Symantec backed down yesterday from the previous statement regarding the theft of its source. Now Symantec recognizes that the source code for several of its major products has been stolen by hackers.
In a statement to Reuters notifies Symantec that hackers managed to break into the corporate network and was thus the source code for some of its products.
Two weeks ago, Symantec denied that the company first victim of a hacker attack, and stated then that there was another company affected. Then claimed an Indian hacker group calling itself the Lords of Dharmaraja to have succeeded in stealing source of Symantec.
Symantec said then that it only dealt with the source code to Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 and Symantec Antivirus 10.2, two enterprise applications that are between five and six years old. Symantec said then also the programs updated regularly and the stolen source code has no impact on customer safety.
Yesterday, Symantec acknowledged, however, that the source code for Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition, Norton Internet Security, Norton Utilities, Norton GoBack, and pcAnywhere stolen. Some of the programs are Symantec’s best-seller in security software.
Hacker group Lords of Dharmaraja promised earlier that it will release more than a gigabyte of source code for Norton Antivirus. Now it seems as if the group has repented.
¬ – We have decided not to release the source code to the public before we get the most out of it. First we will use the code to create attacks and exploit security holes, said the hacking group in a message on Twitter on Monday.
Hacker group announced that it will release the source code of pcAnywhere so that hackers can use the code for the attacks.
Symantec has acknowledged that users of pcAnywhere are at increased risk because of hackers activities.
– We are currently contacting all our customers using pcAnywhere and try to inform them of the situation and how they can protect themselves, said Symantec spokesman, Cris Paden.