Symantec Source Code To Be Leaked

A hacker known as “Yama Tough” has threatened to release the full source code for Symantec Corp’s flagship Norton Antivirus software.

“This coming Tuesday behold the full Norton Antivirus 1,7Gb src, the rest will follow,” Yama Tough posted via Twitter.

Yama Tough had already released portions of source code from Symantec products along with a collection of emails. All the data was reportedly taken from Indian government servers, where the code was apparently left on there by mistake.

Symantec identified the products as Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) 11.0 and Symantec Antivirus 10.2 but claimed the attack did not affect any current Norton consumer products. They further assured that the code that had been posted for the 2006 version poses no security threat to users of the current version of Norton Utilities.

While it’s tough to gauge the validity of this, it certainly is entertaining, and of course embarrassing for Symantec! Perhaps it’s just me, but is anyone else having a hard time taking seriously a hacker known as “Yama Tough”?!

Kelly Batke

Kelly is the self-confessed technology laggard who works in technology. The good news is she is slowly reaching late adopter status. Kelly enjoys learning and writing about the psychology behind technology—as in why do we buy what we buy, and how does that impact our environment?