Hackers Threaten Symantec with Full Source Code Release

Group promises to post 1.7Gb of AntiVirus and Utlities code

The hacking collective that spent recent days revealing fragments of the source code to Symantec's Norton AntiVirus (NAV) has threatened to release code for the whole program.

Using the group's Twitter feed, 'Yama Tough' said the release would happen this Tuesday (17 January) with the message "this comming (sic) tuesday behold the full Norton Antivirus 1,7Gb src, the rest will follow...."

For some days remarks on the feed have linked the code release to a lawsuit filed by US resident James Gross against Symantec last week which alleges that Symantec used scareware techniques to persuade users to buy full version of its antivirus products.

"Today we are going to release Norton Utilities src to accompany Symantec lawsuit =) Stay tuned for release," Yama Tough announced on Friday without making clear why the release would in any way aid Gross's case.

The group also said the post would include code for the company's Norton Utilities software.

Symantec earlier confirmed that the group - which also uses the name 'The Lords of Dharmaraja' - has been leaking genuine code without confirming that it was stolen, as the group claims, from servers belonging to the Indian military.

The company said leaked documentation and code dated back as far as 1999, some of which related to Endpoint Protection 11.0 and Antivirus 10.2, and would have no impact on its current products.

For the time being, whatever is posted on Tuesday will probably be less of a real security compromise than simply serve to spell out the vulnerability of data and source code stored by security vendors on third-party servers. It is unlikely to hve any bearing on the scareware lawsuit against Symantec.

Copyright © 2012 IDG Communications, Inc.

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