Symantec has confirmed that a segment of its source code has been accessed and the claims by hacker group Anonymous are indeed true. However Symantec does believes that the disclosure was the result of a theft of source code that occurred in 2006.
The good news is that the theft is limited to only the code for the 2006 versions of Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition; Norton Internet Security; Norton SystemWorks (Norton Utilities and Norton GoBack); and pcAnywhere.
The bad news is that Symantec is advising customers to stop using one of its products, saying its pcAnywhere software for accessing remote PCs is at increased risk of getting hacked after blueprints of that software were stolen. Symantec also recommends that customers only use pcAnywhere for business critical purposes.
The post said:
“Our current analysis shows that all pcAnywhere 12.0, 12.1 and 12.5 customers are at increased risk, as well as customers using prior versions of the product. pcAnywhere is also bundled with numerous Symantec products. The full standalone product is bundled in a number of Altiris based solutions. A remote access component of pcAnywhere, called the pcAnywhere Thin Host, is also bundled with a number of Symantec backup and security products.”