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Wednesday, 08 February 2012 15:05
Symantec Source Code Leaked, Email Conversation with Hackers Published
Symantec’s source code for its pcAnywhere and Norton Antivirus tools software has been taken by a group of hackers who claims they are part of the hacktivist group, Anonymous. The source code has been in the hands of the hackers for some time now and is believed to have been taken as early as 2006 when the servers of the Indian Military Intelligence were breached.
An email conversation has now been published on Pastebin detailing the conversation that went on between a supposedly Symantec employee named Sam Thomas and YamaTough of the hackers who used a Venezuelan email address at the time of the negotiations.
In the email conversation published, Symantec offered $50,000 in exchange for the hackers destroying the code and publicly denying that they ever got a hold of it. Negotiations went on for about a month until the whole deal fell through because of issues with the Liberty Reserve bank in Costa Rica that was supposed to process the transaction and the incomplete proof of source code possession that Symantec was demanding from the hackers.
Symantec spokesperson Cris Paden said in an interview with Forbes that Sam Thomas was in fact a law enforcement agent pretending to engaged with the negotiation to trace the group.
"No money was exchanged, and there was never going to be any money exchanged. It was all an effort to gather information for the investigation," Paden said.
Symantec has already released a patch for its pcAnywhere software last January 30 that is supposed to prevent any malicious attack to the people using the mentioned software.
Also, according to Symantec, the source code does not really pose any threat considering its age. But that’s not what the case seems to be for the hackers who were claiming that a lot of people were interested to get their hands on it.
The group has now released the stolen source code through Pirate Bay as a 2.3GB RAR file.