Symantec Admits to Being Hacked
Symantec, one of the premier Sillicon Valley computer security companies and makers of the Norton computer security and utility products, admitted in a Jan. 17 ComputerWorld article, that not only was their network hacked but source code for Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0, Symantec Antivirus 10.2, Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition, Norton Internet Security, Norton Utilities, Norton GoBack and pcAnywhere, had been stolen. Norton Antivirus, Norton Internet Security and Norton Utilities are among Symantec's most prominent consumer-grade products. pcAnywhere is a multi-platform remote access suite that Symantec sells. The article says that in Twitter tweets, the cracker nicknamed "Yama Tough" will be releasing the source code into the Black Hat community. So what does this mean for the average computer user? Make sure your Symantec products are up-to-date and all security updates are applied. Also carefully monitor security bulletins and updates from Symantec.