Hacker says will release Symantec source code

Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:07pm EST

A view of the Symantec Security Operations Center in a photo courtesy of the company. REUTERS/Handout

A view of the Symantec Security Operations Center in a photo courtesy of the company.

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(Reuters) - A computer hacker said on Friday it would release the source code for Symantec Corp's Norton antivirus software, citing a lawsuit that had been filed against the company.

The message appeared on hacker Yama Tough's Twitter feed, saying the code would be disclosed "today."

Symantec this week said that hackers had stolen a chunk of source code from a third party, but that the company's own network had not been breached. The company described the code as several years old.

Company spokesman Cris Paden said on Friday Symantec had no additional information, "particularly with regards to any new claims Anonymous is making."

A proposed class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. earlier this week accuses Symantec of seeking to persuade customers to buy its products by scaring them with misleading information about the health of their computers. The lawsuit described Norton Utilities as a form of "scareware."

Symantec said it does not believe the suit has merit, and that it will vigorously defend the case.

(Reporting by Dan Levine in San Francisco; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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Comments (3)
moneywon wrote:
Stripping PC’s of anything Symantec-related is one of the cash-cows of the PC repair business, and pretty much the first step in making a brand-name PC run well. I’d hate to lose that business. =/

Jan 13, 2012 1:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ChangeWhat wrote:
Twenty Two Years in the IT business and I can say Norton is the biggest resource eating piece of garbage anti-virus software on the market. All you need is Windows 7 with windows security essentials and your computer is covered. Stop wasting your money on advertising campaigns for software that ultimately hurts your computer. You don’t need Norton, McAfee, AVG, etc., its all garbage and they are all resource hogs. Open your task manager, click on the processes tab, and enjoy reading how many different .exe your software is running.

Jan 13, 2012 1:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
modusvivendi wrote:
Symantec is consistently one of the best security suites out there as shown by independent testing labs. There are free suites that test very well too if you don’t want to pay. The benefit of using a fee-based suite is that the consumer has some protection from exploitation by the maker of the software (even if it is minor) as well as customer support from people who work for the company, whereas with freeware you are essentially on your own and have to search out and evaluate whether a community of fellow users is giving good advice. Does that mean we should trust a corporation more than the unpaid enthusiast? No, but it’s better to have options. I use both types, but only freeware that I feel I have a good understanding of how it works on my system so that if something does go wrong, when I seek help from the freeware’s user community I can determine whether or not they know what they are talking about.

Jan 13, 2012 2:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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