Hackers DDoS Israel websites, will expose Norton source code tomorrow

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Fueled by anti-government sentiment, hackers continue their string of attacks against Israel. On Monday, a distributed denial of service attack was launched against two websites: the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and El Al, the national Israeli airline. The DDoS attack successfully brought down both online destinations.

As of the time of this writing, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange website states "Please try again later. The site is too busy right now." while El Al appears to have resumed normal operation.

Israel has the been the target of numerous, high-profile attacks by Middle Eastern hacking groups, some with ties to Anonymous. Most notably, an Anonymous hacker known as 0xOmar, claims the "Lords of Dharmaraja" stole over 400,000 "Zionist" credit cards. The hacker has vowed to release 200 more every day. Several thousand cards cropping up from this incident have been verified as authentic credit card numbers. 

If the recent attacks against Israel weren't enough, India seems to be dealing with its own hacker-related issues. A twitter user with the account handle "Yama Tough", tweeted that a full, 1.7GB dump of Norton Anti-virus source code will be released tomorrow. The hacker added "the rest will follow", perhaps alluding to the release of other proprietary source code which was purportedly stolen during the operation.

Last week, we had reported that the source code for Symantec's anti-virus products had been pilfered in a broader set of cyber attack against India's military network. Based upon the portion of code that was subsequently leaked, Symantec denied the source code was for its consumer Norton Anti-virus product. Rather, the company claimed hackers had stolen older versions of Symantec Anti-virus and Endpoint.

However, it would appear the company has back peddled on that statement. Symantec has finally admitted hackers do have source code for a consumer version of Norton Anti-virus , but the software maker now claims it is code for Norton Utilities 2006. Symantec's Chris Paden stated:

"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."

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