Symantec offered hacker $50,000 for stolen source code

By Leeky · 13 replies
Feb 7, 2012
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  1. Anonymous released email exchanges between a member and Symantec yesterday, revealing that the security firm offered them $50,000 in exchange for destroying the source code of pcAnywhere and Norton Antivirus…

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  2. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    If the source code is so old that is poses no real threat, why are they telling customers not to use pcAnywhere until a patch has been released?
  3. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 265

    I wouldn't be surprised if Symantec weren't theoretically willing to make such an offer (that's the salary of the guy who's going to have to write the new source code), but I find it extremely hard to believe that a tech security company would ever trust all copies of something to be destroyed in such a manner.
  4. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    Anon keeps falling for this stuff. Maybe they wouldn't fall into so many holes if they weren't so cocky, or if they were older than 15..
  5. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    If Anonymous made sense... they wouldnt do **** like this. This just goes to show that Anonymous... is just anonymous. Just a bunch of people claiming to be this "Anonymous." If they are against SOPA, and all that jazz, why use Pirate Bay or the like to publish this source code? This just gives me a stronger feeling to support SOPA and have the Pirate Bay shut down, because god knows that people who write viruses need Norton's source code, no matter how old it is, it's still going to be useful to the countless number of people who write viruses/trojans/malware, because you should know... that about 65 percent (just a guess) of the people that have that software installed, have no freaking clue whats going on.
  6. AmpFeare

    AmpFeare TS Rookie Posts: 26

    put your source code on a flash drive and unplug it, jesus. MY SOURCE CODE WAS HACKED. put it on a flash drive and unplug it on put it on your desk and this wont happen. so hard to do people.
  7. AmpFeare

    AmpFeare TS Rookie Posts: 26

    unplug it on should say unplug it and********
  8. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    I couldn't have said it better myself :D
  9. SCJake

    SCJake TS Rookie Posts: 80


    Thats the point. The ORIGINAL purpose of Anonymous is that they dont exist. By having a fake hacker group known as Anonymous, people will continue to pursue this group. team poison, jester, ccc, lulzsec (or whats left) will just go in as anonymous and do whatever they want. Anonymous is just a farce and the people pretending to be behind it are usually no real threat.

    i cite myself that this was the original purpose
  10. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +901

    I'm pretty sure that it's worth mooore than $50k
  11. This is like some kinda plot from a Hollywood film. Haha.
  12. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    someone13 at 2012-02-07 15:26 CET:
    what can we do after we have the source code?

    I lol'd
  13. Phraun

    Phraun TS Rookie Posts: 35

    If you think that shutting down tPB would provide any noticeable barrier to something like this, you're living in a dream world. Someone that possesses enough know-how to abscond with AV source code sure as hell knows how to move files across the web without a damn torrent tracker. The same is true of anyone that could actually use that code in any meaningful way. You are essentially advocating wasting a bunch of government funding to accomplish nothing whatsoever. (Granted, that's par for the course with the feds these days.)
  14. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    And yet can still do more with their fingers on a keyboard than you will accomplish in your entire life - makes you mighty depressed to think how waste our lives are…

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