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Symantec source code leaked by Anonymous

Following up on our story earlier today, it would appear that Anonymous have indeed leaked Symantec source code on The Pirate Bay and other share sites. The source code is related to PcAnywhere software.

Symantec are apparently aware of the problem but aren't yet detailing if it is genuine source code. A spokesperson said in email “It happened so recently that we're still in the process of analyzing and won't be able to confirm until the morning.”

Our report earlier said ““An e-mail exchange revealing the extortion attempt posted to Pastebin (see below) today shows a purported Symantec employee named Sam Thomas negotiating payment with an individual named “Yamatough” to prevent the release of PCAnywhere and Norton Antivirus code. Yamatough is the Twitter identity of an individual or group that had previously threatened to release the source code for Norton Antivirus. “We will pay you $50,000.00 USD total,” Thomas said in an e-mail dated Thursday. “However, we need assurances that you are not going to release the code after payment. We will pay you $2,500 a month for the first three months. Payments start next week. After the first three months you have to convince us you have destroyed the code before we pay the balance. We are trusting you to keep your end of the bargain.”

Pastebin have full information here, and we noticed a conversation between a Symantec employee and one of the hackers which reads:

Kitguru says: Symantec will be reeling with this news, especially as they release a lot of ‘security software' to protect computers. Will customers lose faith in their ability?

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  1. Symantec deserves this. Whats more it needs it. Its the bullet that will put it out of my misery.