Symantec Source Code HackedCategory: Bugs / Virus
Posted: January 9, 2012 09:28AM
For those of you using Norton Antivirus software, this is not the news you want to hear, though it is not as bad as it could be. Symantec has confirmed some of the source code for Norton has been found by a group of hackers, and posted online. The code has since been removed from where it was posted, though it can still be found via other means. Also, Symantec has stated the code is related to two older versions of Norton, one of which is no longer sold.
The fear is a hacker using this information to craft a virus to defeat or even exploit the antivirus. Knowing how the software identifies malicious processes can allow one to work around it, but hopefully everyone is using an unaffected version. However the potential damage this code can cause is only something Symantec can know.
The hackers are from India and call themselves The Lords of Dhamaraja. Symantec has stated the code was not gotten from their system but from a third party. Supposedly the source was Indian military intelligence servers, according to the hackers.