Hacker Releases Symantec Source Code After The Failed $50,000 Payout Over The Failed Email Negotiations

Posted on Feb 8 2012 - 12:19pm by Editorial Staff

As we reported earlier about the failed email negotiations over a $50,000 payout to the YamaTough hacker to destroy the code, hacker released the source code on Tuesday for antivirus firm Symantec’s pcAnywhere utility; raising fears that other could probably find out the security pitch in the product and attempt takeovers of customer computers.

“Symantec was prepared for the code to be posted at some point and has developed and distributed a series of patches since January 23rd to protect our users against known vulnerabilities,” said company spokesman Cris Paden. “The communications with the person(s) attempting to extort the payment from Symantec were part of the law enforcement investigation,” Paden said, adding that no money was paid.

The hacker who is known as YamaTough, part of a group called Lords of Dharmaraja, affliated with Anonymous and claims to be based in Mumbai, India released an email exchange, which shows out negotiations done with Symantec employee, Symantec confirmed.

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