Anonymous reacts to Symantec Trojan report

Anonymous reacts to Symantec Trojan report

Summary: Anonymous has reacted to Symantec's report detailing how the organization was tricked into installing the Zeus Trojan. The organization did not have one clear message to send out.

TOPICS: Malware, Security

Symantec recently released a report explaining how Anonymous supporters were tricked into installing a Trojan. According to the security company, an unknown attacker slipped in a Zeus-infected version of Slowloris into the list of DDoS tools that Anonymous has been distributing to its supporters. Anonymous has reacted to Symantec's report on Twitter, but because the organization has so many members, and no official leadership, there isn't just one message to read.

Anonymous has many Twitter accounts, and none of them are official. There are also many fake ones. Let's take a look at the ones that I know are more reliable to see what Anonymous thinks about the issue.

YourAnonNews, which has 547,000 followers, had a very negative reaction (1, 2, 3):

This post from @Symantec about @YourAnonNews's spreading the DDOS hijacking trojan is wrong & libelous to say the least Dear @Symantec - @YourAnonNews NEVER posted the DDOS hijacker nor did we attempt to trick people; instead we WARNED of it. Also, @Symantec - maybe if you paid attention to more details and did proper due diligence, your source code wouldn't have been stolen. SMH

If you're curious about the last tweet, see Hackers: $50,000 to keep Symantec source code private and Extortion failed - Anonymous posts Symantec source code.

AnonymousIRC, which has 277,000 followers simply warned its followers (1): | #Anonymous supporters tricked into installing Zeus trojan | This MUSTN'T happen. Be careful what you post & click on!

AnonOps, which has 297,000 followers, did not tweet anything about the report. It did, however, retweet this message from our sister site CNET (1):

Did Anonymous itself get "hacked"? Symantec says yes. But Anonymous begs to differ.

GroupAnon, which has 72,000 followers, did not react to the news at all.

So there you have it. Anonymous seems to be denying Symantec's report although some members are warning about blindly clicking on links. If Anonymous releases more details disputing the claims, I'll be sure to update you.

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Topics: Malware, Security

Emil Protalinski

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  • Dishonest or ignorant reporting...

    which seems to be the norm for ZDnet.
    • Please elaborate

      How is this report "dishonest or ignorant"?
      John L. Ries
      • Exactly...

        the silence from the is deafening. Must be a Anonymous scum ball supporter.
  • annon????

    I guess they will now have to change their name? This was most likely a government operation and now they have all of their names. I suppose their names will soon be a number.
  • This should make a dent

    The stupidity of people writing about anon is amazing! Check out Imperva, not only did they write up a nice time line on the Vatican Hack, they probably invited the big boys to come and play. Oh so Symantec inserted a virus in Anon's tool box. Hint only n00b anons run Symantec or McAfee every other AntiVirus will catch it. And do ya think hackers are spending $400+ to MS for windows. NO they are using public machines or Linux and once they grab some CC#s they have MacBook Airs. Symantec SUX and what a pathetic attempt to pwn Anon. Its like taking a sling shot to fight south american drug cartels.
  • Symantec v Anon Imperva stopping anon

    Symantec was hacked and pwn'd by India anon or were they just green mailing and they were hacked by another group of anon. Oh and the source code of Symantec main AV product was posted on the web. It didn't stop much and I am sure the code is among the weakest in the security industry. The Vatican was supposedly attacked by South/central American anons angry about child molesting priests and the cover up. The Vatican site is now in Italian by their new owners. These are teen\twenty somethings getting fired up about causes. They are from all over the world with varied interests. My favorite was the flare up between Israel and Middle East hackers, they took out sites, stole credit cards and had a lot of tough talk about who was going to win.