Hacker Group Backs Down from Releasing Symantec Source Code...For Now

Paul Lilly

An Indian hacking group known as "The Lords of Dharmaraja" celebrated swiping the Norton antivirus source code from Symantec earlier this month and promptly began releasing fragments to the public before promising to upload the full Monty on January 17, 2012. That's today, but rather than release the source code in its entirety, the hacking group decided now is not the time.

"We've decided not to release code to the public until we get full of it =) 1st we'll own evrthn we can by 0din' the sym code & pour mayhem," a hacker known as Yama Tough posted to this Twitter account yesterday.

Even if the group does decide to release the source code, Symantec isn't terribly worried about it, saying that the digital bits relate to a discontinued enterprise version of the software dating back to 2006.

"The code that has been posted for the 2006 version poses no security threat to users of the current version of Norton Utilities," Symantec said in a statement. "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."

Based on comments in Yama Tough's Twitter feed, it appears the reason Symantec was targeted in the first place was because of a class action lawsuit accusing the security firm of using scareware tactics to sell its products.

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