Symantec source code stolen

Posted by aamicus on March 14th, 2012 | No Comments

The spokesman for the company, Cris paden said they had not known before last month that the source code had been obtained by an  online vigilante group who call themselves “lords of dharmaraja” even though members of this group had previously posted various statements on the internet via twitter and other public sites claiming to have accessed the company’s source code. @anonymousabu tweeted “ lords of dharmaraja has sent #antisec Symantec source codes for 0 day-plundering. All your NU+PCAnywhere base are belong to us. Release soon.”

The group had also posted a memo claiming that Symantec had provided india’s M.I.A (military intelligence agency) with the source code for surveillance purposes and they had accessed them through the agency’s servers. But paden denies those claims.

Paden stated that due to the groups claims the company had gone back over the data logs, examining them for clues as to how it happened. He said they were aware of a breach back in 2006 but it had been inconclusive at the time as to wether or not the actual codes had been taken.

He also said that they are still gathering information, as the people working within the company six years ago are not the people working there now, there is no institutional memory of the breach and relying on fragments of data and logs to piece together a six year old event is quite difficult, although he admitted he did not know how the company had missed these signs back then.

Programs compromised unclude PCAnywhere, Norton Internet Security, Norton System Works (Norton Utilities and Norton Go Back) and Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition.

The company advised users of these programs to disable the software until updated versions were available in an attempt to minimize damage and stop hackers from exploiting any holes they may find in the code. Last week Symantec released several free downloadable patches. On the 23rd of January they released a patch to secure PCAnywhere version 12.5 and on the 27th they released patches for versions 12.0 and 12.1.

They are now assuring customers it is safe to use the product providing they have the free upgrade.


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