A hacker who goes by the name of ‘Yama Tough’ has threatened to release the full source code for Symantec Corp’s flagship Norton Antivirus software this week.
“This coming Tuesday behold the full Norton Antivirus 1,7Gb src, the rest will follow,” Yama Tough posted via Twitter.
It is claimed that the hack is related to a proposed class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. earlier this week, which accuses Symantec of seeking to persuade customers to buy its products by scaring them with misleading information about the health of their computers. The lawsuit described Norton Utilities as a form of “scareware,” however a Norton spokesperson gave no additional information about the claims made by Anonymous.
In the past week Yama Tough has released pieces of source code from Symantec products along with a cache of emails. The hacker says that all of the data was taken from Indian government servers.
Symantec provided news-site the Inquirer with the following statement regarding the Norton source code:
“The code for Norton Utilities that was posted publicly is related to the 2006 version of Norton Utilities only. That version of the product is no longer sold or supported. The current version of Norton Utilities has been completely rebuilt and shares no common code with Norton Utilities 2006. The code that has been posted for the 2006 version poses no security threat to users of the current version of Norton Utilities.”
“Furthermore, we have no indications that the code disclosure impacts the functionality or security of any of Symantec’s other solutions. Lastly, there are no indications that customer information has been impacted or exposed at this time. As always, in general, Symantec recommends that users keep their solutions updated which will help ensure protection against any new possible threats.”