Symantec Admit Recent Anonymous Leak is Authentic

This week was a big for anonymous with lots of attacks taking place as well as the leak of the complete 2006 source code for Symantecs norton antivirus that happened in the name of the most recent arrested hacktivist. Today, 10, 3, 2012 Symantec have released a statement on the website on the page that is dedicated to the anonymous claims. The page which has been running for a while now contains updates of the most recent press release information from symantec about the claims anonymous had breached it servers and obtained these codes. In the statement they first start of with the claim that the source code is indeed an Authentic source code but pose's no threat to the current users of symantec, most likely due to changes over the versions. The leak which totaled over 1gig was uploaded to well known torrent host, the pirate bay, who it self is under fire from police for alleged illegal file sharing. The statement: Symantec can confirm that the source code for 2006 versions of Norton Antivirus posted by Anonymous is authentic. The exposure of this code poses no increased risk to Norton or Symantec customers. This code is part of the original cache of code for 2006 versions of the products that Anonymous has claimed to possess over the last few weeks. We anticipated that the code would be posted. As we have already stated publicly, our analysis shows that due to the age of the exposed code and the fact that it is only a small subset of the complete code, Symantec antivirus or endpoint security consumer and business customers – including anyone running Norton products – should not be in any increased danger of cyber attacks resulting from this incident. We also anticipate that Anonymous will post the rest of the code they have claimed to have in their possession. So far, they have posted a small portion of the source code for the 2006 versions of Norton Utilities, pcAnywhere, and Norton Antivirus. We also anticipate that at some point, they will post the code for the 2006 versions of Norton Internet Security. Again, the code that has been exposed is so old that current out-of-the-box security settings will suffice against any possible threats that might materialize as a result of this incident. Subscribe to updates from this custom thread from Symantec or visit the thread to read previous updates regarding the anonymous claims. rss: https://www.symantec.com/content/en/us/global/rss/alerts/anonymous.xml  site: https://www.symantec.com/theme.jsp?themeid=anonymous-code-claims

Lee Johnstone

Lee Johnstone

Information Security Data Analyst, Investigative Journalist, Technology Lover, Mechanic.

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Symantec Admit Recent Anonymous Leak is Authentic
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