Extortion failed - Anonymous posts Symantec source code

Summary:Anonymous activists have released source code for Symantec's PCAnywhere onto the Pirate Bay file-sharing website after an extortion attempt apparently failed.

Anonymous activists have released source code for PCAnywhere onto the Pirate Bay file-sharing website on Tuesday and the BitTorrent link was included in a post to the AnonymousIRC Twitter account, which has been used to publicize the activist group's claims in the past.

"Symantec can confirm that the source code is legitimate," the company said. "Be advised, we also anticipate Anonymous to post the rest of the code they have claimed have in their possession. So far, they have posted code for the 2006 version of Norton Internet Security and PCAnywhere. We also anticipate that at some point, they will post the code for Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition and Norton Systemworks."

In negotiations between a purported Symantec employee called 'Sam Thomas' and a hacker called 'YamaTough', who claimed to be a member of the Lords of Dhamaraja activist group, which is associated with Anonymous, YamaTough appeared to be blackmailing Symantec for cash to destroy stolen source code, and the Symantec appeared to offer Yamatough $50,000 to do it.

For more on this story, read Anonymous activists release PCAnywhere source code on ZDNet UK.

Topics: Security


Tom is a technology reporter for ZDNet.com, writing about all manner of security and open-source issues.Tom had various jobs after leaving university, including working for a company that hired out computers as props for films and television, and a role turning the entire back catalogue of a publisher into e-books.Tom eventually found tha... Full Bio

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