Anonymous releases Symantec code
HACKTIVIST GROUP Anonymous has lived up to its promise and released Symantec source code.
The group has danced with Symantec for some time, but now that dance is over. “Symantec source code #Anonymous #AntiSec #OhIthinkSymantecGotButtraepd” says a tweet from the @AnonymousIRC account that links to Pirate Bay and Pastebin releases.
— AnonymousIRC (@AnonymousIRC) February 7, 2012
The Bittorrent link takes users to a download of PCanywhere source code for remote login software from Symantec, and the statement, “Symantec has been lying to its customers. We exposed this point thus spreading the world that ppl need” – #AntiSec #Anonymous. Spread and share!”
The Pastebin post is a set of emails apparently sent between hacker Yamatough and Symantec, in which the latter apparently was ready to pay $50,000 to retrieve its data.
This was also suggested by long term Anonymous mouthpiece Anonymousabu, who said, “Update regarding Symantec: Stay tuned for the f*cking lulz. Let’s just say Symantec tried to give us 50,000 reasons not to release sources!” before the release went live.
Update regarding Symantec: Stay tuned for the f*cking lulz. Let’s just say Symantec tried to give us 50,000 reasons not to release sources!
— The Real Sabu (@anonymouSabu) February 6, 2012
“We are not in contact with the FBI. We are using this email account to protect our network from you. Protecting our company and property are our top priorities,” says an email apparently sent from a Symantec representative that explains why the firm initially dropped out of the deal.
“We can’t pay you $50,000 at once for the reasons we discussed previously. We can pay you $2,500 per month for the first three months. In exchange, you will make a public statement on behalf of your group that you lied about the hack (as you previously stated). Once that’s done, we will pay the rest of the $50,000 to your account and you can take it all out at once. That should solve your problem…. Obviously you still have our code so if we don’t follow through you still have the upper hand.”
“Symantec can confirm that a segment of its source code has been accessed. Upon investigation of the claims made by Anonymous regarding source code disclosure, Symantec believes that the disclosure was the result of a theft of source code that occurred in 2006,” it says in a statement on a page dedicated to the attack.
“Since 2006, Symantec has instituted a number of policies and procedures to prevent a similar incident from occurring. Furthermore, there are no indications that customer information has been impacted or exposed at this time.”
We have asked Symantec to comment on this latest update. µ