According to email transcripts posted to Pastebin yesterday, and confirmed by the company, a group of hackers attempted to extort £30,000 from Symantec in exchange for not releasing its stolen PCAnywhere and Norton Antivirus source code.
Symantec’s Android scaremongering last week wasn’t all that justified it seems. Although the 13 apps that it pinpointed as malware aren’t all that great, it appears they’re actually slightly less vicious adware – something Windows users are horribly familiar with.
Symantec has been scrabbling around trying address a security breach from 2006 that came to light recently. But the fact that the company wasn't sure its was hacked in the first place doesn't exactly inspire confidence.
A hacking team going under the excellent name of "The Lords of Dharmaraja" claims to have accessed confidential Symantec servers and downloaded the source code for its Norton Antivirus flagship product. And it'll be dumping the 1.7GB file online tomorrow.