The source code for several Symantec products was stolen in a network breach in 2006. A weeks-long extortion attempt followed this past January, resulting in the release of the code for pcAnywhere on The Pirate Bay. We've got all the developments from Symantec, law-enforcement, and the hacker group for you right here.
A hacker that leaked the source code for Symantec's pcAnywhere after a protracted extortion negotiation has told Reuters that he had always intended to release the source code.
Symantec source code held by hackers in $50,000 extortion attempt, may have been released into the wild
The source code for Symantec's pcAnywhere may have been leaked after a weeks-long stand-off between the software company, law-enforcement officials, and a hacker group threatening to sell the code to the highest bidder.
Symantec has been scrambling to address a security breach from 2006 that revealed some of its source code. Some statements made it seem that the company had covered up the incident all those years ago, though the security company says that isn't the case. A spokesperson has told Wired that "we knew there was an incident in 2006, but it was inconclusive at the time as to whether or not actual code was taken."
Symantec has advised users to disable its remote-connection software pcAnywhere due to vulnerabilities that could be exposed by the theft of an older version's source code.
Symantec, makers of the widely-used Norton antivirus software software, revealed that hackers have stolen segments of the source code for two of its business-focused antivirus products.