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Symantec: Stop Using pcAnywhere Over Hack

 9:15 am on Jan 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

Symantec: Stop Using pcAnywhere Over Hack [reuters.com]
Symantec Corp took the rare step of 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.

The announcement is the company's most direct acknowledgement to date that a 2006 theft of its source code put customers at risk of attack.

Symantec said it was only asking customers to temporarily stop using the product, until it releases an update to the software that will mitigate the risk of an attack.



 6:35 pm on Jan 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

So . . . the "blueprints" were stolen in 06 and they're saying now it is dangerous. For a company that thrives on updates, I would think a 2006 breach would be rendered useless somewhere around spring of 07. lol


 6:41 pm on Jan 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

That's what I was thinking. It doesn't look good.


 6:44 pm on Jan 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

Just another reason I will warn people not to use their crappy software, and not just until they release an update for this one thing.

It is so bloated and I can't count how many computers I have had to repair from a virus or similar when the computer had some flavor or another of their virus protection.

I am surprised they are able to stay in business. If a real world security monitoring company had the same issues I have seen with Symantec then no one would use them.


 8:10 pm on Jan 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

pcAnywhere has been a security flaw since 1999, you hook that up anywhere and you might as well be waving a big flag and telling everyone to c'mon in!


 8:30 pm on Jan 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

The theft did not happen in 2006 but recently.

Here's an earlier report from Reuters (Fri Jan 6, 2012) Symantec: parts of antivirus source code exposed [reuters.com]


 6:32 pm on Jan 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

That article doesn't even mention pcAnywhere. But it does allude to OTHER products. From the horse's mouth [symantec.com],

Symantec can confirm that a segment of its source code has been accessed. Upon investigation of the claims made by Anonymous regarding source code disclosure, Symantec believes that the disclosure was the result of a theft of source code that occurred in 2006. Since 2006, Symantec has instituted a number of policies and procedures to prevent a similar incident from occurring.



 9:43 am on Jan 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

If their code is not secure if leaked, its bad code.

Other people can right secure code and deliberately make the source available,

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